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

In return for the investment, Evergrande wound up with a 45 percent stake in the company, and Faraday Future also pledged its intellectual property and most of its hard assets as collateral. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future dealt potentially crippling blow while almost out of cash," 30 Nov. 2018 Faraday Future is also now asking the arbitrator to nullify a number of liens Evergrande has against the EV startup’s assets, including a vice grip on its intellectual property. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future employees sue investor over ‘conspiracy’ to destroy the EV startup," 14 Nov. 2018 Qualcomm has accused Apple of transferring its intellectual property to Intel Corp. , which is supplying chips for new-model iPhones. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Qualcomm Posts Loss as Revenue Slips," 7 Nov. 2018 China requires foreign tech firms that want to do business in the country to partner with domestic companies and share or license their intellectual property with those partners. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Ex-Apple Employee Accused of Stealing Self-Driving Car Tech," 10 July 2018 While Chinese companies have unrestricted access to US market & protection of our laws many US companies have been ruined after #China blocked market access or stole their intellectual property. Keith Bradsher,, "China welcomes Trump’s help on ZTE as trade talks loom," 14 May 2018 Meanwhile, the two parties are locked in a patent dispute, with Amgen claiming that Regeneron infringed its intellectual property in developing Praluent. Damian Garde, STAT, "Saddled with sluggish sales, Regeneron and Sanofi slash the cost of cholesterol-lowering drug," 1 May 2018 But the State Department and other US agencies are also taking action to address growing concerns about the theft of intellectual property and threats to national security by individuals from certain countries, including China. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018 But some analysts warn that the latest trade battle could play out differently considering the Trump administration’s focus on protecting U.S. intellectual property and tech’s growing prominence in the global economy. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Investors Double Down on Tech in Rocky Quarter for Stocks," 29 June 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 

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