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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 trademarks 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:

Download a guide to intellectual property at the British Library.

The Intellectual Property Office offers a free online IP Health Check.

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