Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Intellectual property rights are a form of protection that gives the owner the ability to take legal action under civil law to try and stop others from making, using, importing or selling their creation.
There are different types of intellectual property rights:
Patents protect new inventions and cover how products work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made.
Trade marks protect brands. This could be for a business name, a product or a service. The trade mark could be made up of words, logos or a combination of both and can even be sound or action based.
Design protects the overall visual appearance of a product.
Copyright protects books, art, music, websites, photographs, software, databases, films and print, radio and television broadcasts and promotional material.
Trade secrets are protected by the law of confidentiality.
As well as protecting your own intellectual property, you should make sure you don’t infringe anyone else’s rights. Like other forms of property, you can buy, sell and license Intellectual Property.