Intellectual property or IP is all around you. You can’t see or touch it but if you own a business then it’s likely you own some IP. There are four different types of intellectual property rights:

  • Patent
  • Trademarks
  • Designs
  • Copyright

The technology inside your phone is covered by hundreds of patents. Patents protect how products work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of, and how they are made.

A trademark protects the brand name of your phone or any other product or service. The trademark could be made up of words, logos, or a combination of both and can even be sound or action-based.

A registered design protects the overall visual appearance of your phone.

Copyright protects the written instructions and any content that you view on your phone, even this animation. Copyright protects any literary work: art, music, websites, software, databases, films and promotional material.

Intellectual property rights are a legal form of protection that gives you the ability to stop others from making, using, importing or selling your creations.


To learn more about Intellectual Property complete IP Equip – IPO free e-learning tool:




Is Intellectual Property important to my business?

Is Intellectual Property important to my business?



Chris Smith Protecting your intellectual property



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