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Intellectual Property

Learn about intellectual property, how to protect yours, and how to legally and ethically use others'. Includes relevant Whittemore Library and OA resources.

Intellectual Property (IP) is...

...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, patents, copyright 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."

Intellectual property is also called by some 'intellectual assets' or considered to be an example of 'intangible assets'.

What is Intellectual Property (IP)? (n.d.). Retrieved November 28, 2023, from