intellectual property


Definition of intellectual property 

: property (such as an idea, invention, or process) that derives from the work of the mind or intellect also : an application, right, or registration relating to this

Examples of intellectual property in a Sentence

Any song that you write is your intellectual property.

Recent Examples on the Web

You are told this is to protect Raniere’s intellectual property, but this also serves to keep you from talking to anyone who might point out how deeply creepy this is. Amelia Harnish,, ""At This Point We Are In Despair": One Woman's Quest To Bring Her Brother Home From NXIVM," 29 June 2018 Laws enacted in the 1990s, including one that improved protection of intellectual property, brought foreign agri-businesses such as Bayer and Syngenta. The Economist, "Tough times for Embrapa, a jewel of Brazilian innovation," 28 June 2018 Trump made remarks Tuesday at the White House that appeared to align with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s approach, in an internal administration debate over how to protect U.S. intellectual property from China. Saleha Mohsin,, "Trump Signals He Favors Less Confrontation With China on Tech," 27 June 2018 One filed in March by the Trump administration challenges China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Trump Plots to Erase His Tax Cut," 27 June 2018 Last year, 20th Century Fox started FoxNext, a division focused on developing V.R. and A.R. experiences by raiding the company’s vast vault of intellectual property. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality," 14 June 2018 And now, the AMD licensing deal—which leverages both a licensing deal and a joint venture to allow the use of x86 intellectual property—is delivering what could be the first step toward a domestic high-performance server platform. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "China producing x86 chips nearly identical to AMD server processors," 9 July 2018 Those measures are aimed at fighting what administration officials say is China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property and its insistence that companies divulge valuable technology to enter China’s market. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "U.S. trade war with China, other countries: Layoffs, reduced hours, thinner profits," 6 July 2018 Anthony Levandowski, the self-driving car engineer who was at the center of the intellectual property lawsuit between Waymo and Uber, appears to be involved with a secret self-driving truck company, according to TechCrunch. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "The Week in Tech: Facebook Is Disinvited From July Fourth Barbecues," 6 July 2018

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1769, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of intellectual property

law : something (such as an idea, invention, or process) that comes from a person's mind

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Legal Definition of intellectual property 

see property

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