intellectual property


plural intellectual properties
: property (such as a concept, idea, invention, or work) that derives from the effort of the mind or intellect
… Netflix is home to several popular intellectual properties like "Squid Game", "Power Rangers", and the 1980s sci-fi horror hit "Stranger Things".Danni Button
also : a right or registration (such as a patent, trademark, trade secret, or copyright) relating to or protecting this property
In a number of cases, tech companies have infringed on the intellectual property of smaller rivals, who have sued in court. The Boston Herald

called also IP

Examples of intellectual property in a Sentence

Any song that you write is your intellectual property.
Recent Examples on the Web However, protecting the sensitive data used to build the product is essential, as is guarding your intellectual property. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The use of those new AI tools has led to some intellectual property concerns, and Ehsani admits the line is blurred. John Kell, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 For the first time, the US government has provided an answer, one that will shape how everyone from large businesses to home tinkerers alike can apply for intellectual property protections. Brian Fung, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 The ruling will affect three pending lawsuits that Wright has filed based on his claim to having the intellectual property rights to bitcoin. Brian Melley, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 Michael Botticelli Wilton Manors, Fla. Mitchell’s Gift Louis Menand’s piece on the current state of intellectual property, and the field’s wide range of rights and gripes, was informative and insightful (A Critic at Large, January 22nd). The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 After more than a year of deliberation, the World Trade Organization appears close to rejecting a waiver on intellectual property protection for Covid-19 diagnostics and treatments, a divisive issue that has pitted low-income nations and civil society groups against medical products companies. Ed Silverman, STAT, 31 Jan. 2024 The lawsuit, filed on Dec. 22 in the U.S. District Court in San Diego, is an attempt to stop company leaders from taking assets and intellectual property overseas, specifically to China. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Jan. 2024 Nintendo has a strong reputation for guarding its intellectual property, and Palworld is already so primed for comparisons to Pokémon that quick moves to differentiate the two is to be expected. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intellectual property was in 1769

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“Intellectual property.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

intellectual property

: property (as an idea, method, or written work) that derives from the work of the mind

Legal Definition

intellectual property

see property

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