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 The intellectual property of New York's former CBGB Club will also be run by Sandhaus. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "WME Launches Legends Estates Group," 2 Apr. 2021 Users can also get help with things like legal agreements that allow researchers to exchange biological materials that might be patented or have other intellectual property protections. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Software engineer bets on technology to help speed rare disease treatments," 31 Mar. 2021 Among those named Tuesday are nominees with experience as military and family court judges, a county administrator, and an intellectual property lawyer., "Biden names diverse nominees for the federal bench," 30 Mar. 2021 The White House is weighing whether to suspend intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, in response to pressure from developing nations and subsequent support from progressive lawmakers, according to CNBC. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: White House eyes suspending patent rights on Covid-19 vaccines; J&J supplier may be a vaccine bottleneck," 30 Mar. 2021 Among the nominees are jurists who have experience on military and family courts, professionals with backgrounds as public defenders and prosecutors, a county administrator and an intellectual property lawyer. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Biden judicial nominees represent diverse professional backgrounds, identities," 30 Mar. 2021 Among those named on Tuesday were nominees with experience as military and family court judges, a county administrator and an intellectual property lawyer. New York Times, "Biden Names Diverse Nominees for the Federal Bench," 30 Mar. 2021 Kerry has argued that the U.S. shouldn't trade progress on carbon reduction for concessions on other key issues like human rights, intellectual property protection, or Taiwan. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Is global warming enough of a shared issue to unite the U.S. and China?," 23 Mar. 2021 For example, after being recognised as an official club, members are needed to participate in lobbying efforts if requested by the firm, and also help protect the company’s intellectual property. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, "The two Elon Musk fanboys behind Tesla’s first unofficial fan club in India," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of intellectual property

1769, in the meaning defined above

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5 Apr 2021

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“Intellectual property.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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