How Intellectual Property Kills Invention

The Problems of Intellectual Property & Copyright Explained

Intellectual property is something unique that you physically create – an idea alone is not intellectual property. For example, an idea for a book is not intellectual property, but the words you’ve written are…

You own intellectual property if you:

  • created it (and it meets the requirements for copyright, a patent or a design)
  • bought intellectual property rights from the creator or a previous owner
  • have a brand that could be a trade mark, eg a well-known product name

You usually won’t own the intellectual property for something if you were employed and created it as part of your work.