intellectual property

noun

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 At issue is the constitutionality of a provision in the country’s intellectual property law allowing lengthy extensions on patents. Ed Silverman, STAT, "A controversial court case in Brazil will tackle pharma ‘monopolies’ and access to drugs," 9 Apr. 2021 The entire episode has all the ingredients for a potential landmark legal battle over the current limits of intellectual property law, according to multiple trademark attorneys, who say Nike has strong grounds for its lawsuit. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Nike sues the maker of Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes' for trademark infringement," 29 Mar. 2021 But that ideal world does not exist, Foroohar added, and given existing concerns over Chinese intellectual property theft and its dubious labor practices, genuine green-tech collaboration may be a nonstarter. Washington Post, "Where the U.S. and China go from here," 22 Mar. 2021 The struggle over rights to cheaply replicable creative works has been raging for centuries, since the origins of intellectual property law. Mike Bird, WSJ, "What LeBron James Highlights, Chinese Real Estate and the Mafia Have in Common," 16 Mar. 2021 Among those Kennedy has been working with are manufacturers worried about intellectual property theft, hospitals, financial institutions and managed service providers who host multiple company networks. Frank Bajak, Time, "A Microsoft Server Hack Has Victims Scrambling to Stop Intruders," 9 Mar. 2021 Historically, efforts to protect U.S. research and development have often focused on corporations, said Elizabeth Rowe, a professor in UF’s Levin College of Law and the director of the school’s intellectual property law program. Annie Martin, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida bills targeting foreign ‘interference’: Are they about espionage or nativism?," 8 Mar. 2021 Among those Kennedy has been working with are manufacturers worried about intellectual property theft, hospitals, financial institutions and managed service providers who host multiple company networks. Frank Bajak, Star Tribune, "Microsoft server hack has victims hustling to stop intruders," 8 Mar. 2021 Before leaving, Levandowski downloaded a trove of Google’s self-driving car technology, leading eventually to 33 counts of intellectual property theft against him. oregonlive, "Who did Trump pardon? Rappers, dad in college bribery scheme, kingpin involved in officer’s murder," 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of intellectual property

1769, in the meaning defined above

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“Intellectual property.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intellectual%20property. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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intellectual property

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intellectual property

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

intellectual property

Legal Definition of intellectual property

— see property

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