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Intellectual property

What is Intellectual Property?

"Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

IP is divided into two categories:  Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs.  Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs." (World Intellectual Property Organisation)

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Industrial Design

Copyright and Related Rights

Geographical Indication

Trade Secrets/ Undisclosed Information

Citing Commons


  • How to Attribute Creative Commons Works
    This site gives examples of how to attribute movies, books, online videos, podcasts and illustrations which are published under Creative Commons licences.

Creative Commons Introduction

Creative commons

Creative Commons Licenses

Explanation of the different types of license and what they allow you to do with other peoples work

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