Intellectual property

Businesses large and small have intellectual property. It can be a key business asset that requires sufficient protection if you are to maximise its full value.

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Intellectual property - overview

Intellectual property (IP) isn't solely relevant to larger businesses or those involved in developing innovative new products: all products have IP.

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Trade marks - overview

Your business brands can be powerful assets. Preventing other businesses from trading on your good name helps protect you against unfair competition.

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Copyright - overview

If your business profits from original works (for example, art, written content or software), you may need to protect against copyright infringement.

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Patents - overview

If you’re going to invest in new product development, a patent can help make sure that other businesses can’t simply copy your ideas.

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Intellectual property FAQs

The four types of intellectual property that can be protected, who has the rights to it and how to stop someone infringing your intellectual property

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Registering trade marks

If a trademark is to be registered, whether a word, logo, shape, sound or smell, it must be represented graphically on the application form

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Patenting your invention FAQs

What you need to know if you are considering patenting your invention, including why you should do it, using an agent and the costs involved

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Manage your intellectual property

Your business almost certainly relies on some form of IP. How to make sure you're protecting it effectively, and also avoid infringing others' rights.

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Design right and registration FAQs

The difference between design right and registered designs, how much registration costs and what to do if someone claims the right to your design

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How does copyright work?

Copyright protects the creators of original text, artwork and films, and gives you control over the rights to copy, perform or broadcast your material

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UK design rights search

Search for UK registered designs by number, product, proprietor or class using the search tool on the Intellectual Property Office website

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UK trade mark search

Search for UK trade marks by number, proprietor, refused mark, mark text or image and search for refused trade marks using this handy search tool 

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Online patent filing service

This tool takes you through the step-by-step process of applying for a UK patent online using the Intellectual Property Office web filing service

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Register a trade mark

Use this online tool from the Intellectual Property Office to register a trade mark. You can't make changes to a trade mark after it's been registered