Intellectual Property

What is intellectual property?

Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps 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

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.

The Intellectual Property Office is a good source of information including details about:

Searching for a trade mark
Registering a trade mark
Searching for a patent
Searching for a registered design
Applying for a patent

Download a guide to intellectual property at the British Library

The Intellectial Property Office offers a free online IP Health Check