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Intellectual Property

Definition overview

1 Definition

The result of an individual's intellectual endeavours that is capable of being protected by legal rights. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • inventions and discoveries in relation to new products and processes that can be protected by a patent;
  • Copyright in Teaching Materials;
  • other works in which Copyright subsists including literary works (including computer programs), dramatic works, musical works, artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts, published editions and certain types of performances;
  • industrial designs, which protect the shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation of a product, that is, what gives a product a unique appearance;
  • plant breeders' rights, which protect varieties of plants and trees;
  • trademarks, which protect the branding, reputation and goodwill of products and services;
  • circuit layout rights, which protect the layout plans or designs of electronic components in integrated circuits, computer chips, or semi-conductors used in personal computers and computer-reliant equipment; and
  • trade secrets and know-how, that is, knowledge about products, processes, and inventions and discoveries:
    • prior to the time they are incorporated into a publication or become the subject of a patent or design application; or
    • which are never made the subject of an application for Intellectual Property registration.

2 References

UniSQ Defined.

3 Definition Information

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