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 McDonald’s has faced the risk of Russian officials seizing its intellectual property. Michael Dabaie, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The move reflected the difficulty in convincing vaccine makers to share their know-how, an issue that has deadlocked talks at the World Trade Organization over whether to waive intellectual property rights. Ed Silverman, STAT, 23 Feb. 2022 The video games industry in the early 2000s scaled up primarily through intellectual property, producing sequels to popular games. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Plenty of other organizations are testing the waters with NFTs, including big intellectual property owners such as Disney and many videogame companies. David Bloom, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Investment in equipment and machinery rose 15% in the first quarter of this year, and investment in intellectual property (like software and research & development) rose 8.1%. CNN, 3 May 2022 Additionally, Sposato has brought on Ben Press as chief development officer, set to oversee brand partnership strategy, talent relations and intellectual property acquisitions. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 So far, her day-to-day work includes managing internal corporate matters, such as the structuring of legal entities and intellectual property issues, and facilitating meetings with potential investors and customers. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 The treaty establishes international standards for copyrights and patents, as well as minimum intellectual property protection criteria individual countries have to meet. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intellectual property

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intellectual property was in 1769

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23 May 2022

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“Intellectual property.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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