Intellectual property

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Community trade mark registry search

Use this search tool from the Trade marks and designs registration office to find trade marks that have been registered and are valid within the EU

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Do I need a patent?

This guide will help you decide if a patent is right for your invention; the process by which patents are granted; and how to enforce your patent