Intellectual Property

Understanding And Protecting your IP

What is Intellectual Property?
Having Intellectual Property, also known as IP, allows you to stop people stealing or copying:

  • The names of your products or brands
  • Your inventions
  • The design or look of your products
  • Things you write, make or produce

How do I protect my IP?
If you’ve invented something or come up with an original idea that you want to turn into a product or service, you should protect it. 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. Click here to find out more.

Where can I find out more?
The Intellectual Property Office is a good source of information. Click one of the sentences below to find out more:

The British Library Business and IP Centre also offers services to UK entrepreneurs. Visit the website here to find out more. A guide to IP can also be found here.