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Intellectual Property

The concept behind intellectual property (IP) is straightforward and has been with us for a long time. Wherever we go, we are surrounded by intellectual property.

Mere thoughts and ideas do not qualify; intellectual property defines and protects human innovations and creations

  • Designs specify how products look
  • Trade marks signal the origin of products to consumers
  • Copyright relates to artistic creations, such as books, music, paintings, sculptures and films
  • Patents protect technical inventions in all fields of technology

Intellectual property rewards innovators and enables everyone to benefit from their achievements.

When it comes to protection, the onus is on you. Often we give our intellectual property away; we allow it to enter the public domain. But occasionally we hit upon something special - we have a eureka moment. The more of these you can identify and protect, the more value you can add.

Eureka moments

Archimedes of Syracuse
Dominigo Fetti 'Archimedes Thoughtful´; 1620

Archimedes of Syracuse thinking in his desk

The first eureka moment occurred in Archimedes' bath in the 3rd century BC. However, like all scientific or mathematical theories, the principle that a floating object displaces its own weight of water cannot be patented.
Patent protection is reserved for new inventions that can be used.

First designs
 

Design of Acheulean Hand Axe from Hampshire, United Kingdom

Design of Acheulean hand axe, Hampshire, UK, c. 500 000 BC.

Designers have been at work for a long time.

Page last updated 05-12-2013