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.

Intellectual property is something unique that you have created. An idea alone is not intellectual property you have to be able to present evidences of your creation.

You own intellectual property if you:

  1. created it (and it meets the requirements for copyright, a patent or a design)
  2. bought intellectual property rights from the creator or a previous owner
  3. have a brand that could be a trade mark

Intellectual property can:

  1. have more than one owner
  2. belong to people or businesses
  3. be sold or transferred



Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution.

Copyright prevents people from:

  • copying your work
  • distributing copies of it, whether free of charge or for sale
  • renting or lending copies of your work
  • performing, showing or playing your work in public
  • making an adaptation of your work
  • putting it on the internet


A trademark, trade mark, or trade-mark is a recognizable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others, although trademarks used to identify services are usually called service marks.