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

Beijing and President Trump appear near to a trade deal: China buys a lot more U.S. stuff, gives some ground on auto-industry protections and intellectual property, and mostly ignores other U.S. complaints. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Trump’s China Deal Could Punish U.S. Allies," 4 Mar. 2019 However, Obsidian used Bethesda's technology and intellectual property to make Fallout: New Vegas (released in 2010). Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Obsidian Entertainment finally announces its Fallout: New Vegas successor," 7 Dec. 2018 This could include lifting requirements to share profits and intellectual property with Chinese companies. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trade wars are damaging, so why is Trump fighting one with China?," 13 July 2018 In recent months President Trump launched a trade war with China, a nation he’s accused, in vivid terms, of stealing American jobs, wealth, and intellectual property. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump Is Suddenly Worried About Saving Jobs in China: 6 Theories," 15 May 2018 Terms of the deal, which did not include Zippy’s product or intellectual property, were not disclosed. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cruise acquires founding team of San Francisco startup," 11 Apr. 2018 With the combination, Foley will expand geographically in such areas as corporate, litigation, intellectual property, energy, government solutions, and financial restructuring and reorganization, the firms said in the announcement. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foley & Lardner combines with Texas law firm, keeps headquarters in Milwaukee," 30 Mar. 2018 That’s played into questions about how much US market access to give Chinese companies amid concerns about intellectual property rights. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The US government’s ongoing battle with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 The reasoning behind tariffs is to make imported goods more expensive in order to, hopefully, stimulate the American manufacturing industry and protect American intellectual property, discouraging the production of counterfeit goods. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 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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