What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

IP is protected in law by, for example, patentscopyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.

  • What is IP? PDF, What is intellectual property?
  • Understanding Copyright and Related Rights PDF, Understanding Copyright and Related Rights ǀ Understanding Industrial Property PDF, Understanding Industrial Property
  • WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook – a comprehensive guide to the policy, law and use of IP.

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