What is intellectual property rights?

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27th Nov 2009 by Ellen Silverman

Intellectual property rights are rights granted to creators and owners of works that are the result of human intellectual creativity. The main intellectual property rights are: copyright, patents, trade marks, design rights, protection from passing off, and the protection of confidential information. Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind such as inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.
Intellectual property is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

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17th Nov 2009 by Tobias John Sterling

Intellectual property covers intangible 'products of the mind'. This covers things such as songs, inventions, phrases, words, symbols and so on. Intellectual property rights then are rights of ownership and control over such things. A patent for example is an intellectual property right over an invention, and it prevents other people within a jurisdiction from doing a variety of things with the invention (such as manufacturing or selling it) while the patent is in effect. The idea behind intellectual property rights is to encourage the creation of new intellectual property via a financial incentive, as they allow creators of intellectual property to benefit from a temporary monopoly over their creation(s).

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