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Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying.
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Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying:
Copyright, patents, designs and trade marks are all types of intellectual property protection. You get some types of protection automatically, others you have to apply for.
Intellectual property is something that you create using your mind – for example, a story, an invention, an artistic work or a symbol.
You own intellectual property if you:
Intellectual property can:
Intellectual property rights allow you to make money from the intellectual property you own.
If you’re self-employed, you usually own the intellectual property even if your work was commissioned by someone else – unless your contract with them gives them the rights.
Protecting your intellectual property makes it easier to take legal action against anyone who steals or copies it.
The type of protection you can get depends on what you’ve created. You get some types of protection automatically, others you have to apply for.
|Type of protection||Examples of intellectual property|
|Copyright||Writing and literary works, art, photography, films, TV, music, web content, sound recordings|
|Design right||Shapes of objects|
|Type of protection||Examples of intellectual property||Time to allow for application|
|Trade marks||Product names, logos, jingles||4 months|
|Registered designs||Appearance of a product including, shape, packaging, patterns, colours, decoration||1 month|
|Patents||Inventions and products, eg machines and machine parts, tools, medicines||Around 5 years|
Keep these types of intellectual property secret until they’re registered. If you need to discuss your idea with someone, use a non-disclosure agreement.
More than one type of protection could be linked to a single product, for example, you could: