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

Example Sentences

Any song that you write is your intellectual property.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, Japan’s intellectual property high court dismissed its appeal to invalidate the trademark registration for the bubble tea chain Bull Pulu Tapioca. Quartz, 25 Nov. 2022 The revenue streams were not based on NASCAR’s intellectual property in Ohio, DeWine wrote. cleveland, 22 Nov. 2022 Companies should create new pathways for sharing intellectual property and opening doors that are currently closed by proprietary priorities, the report says. Alice Park, Time, 21 Nov. 2022 Acorn transferred all its ARM intellectual property and twelve employees, valued at $3 million. Jeremy Reimer, Ars Technica, 21 Nov. 2022 Federal investigators are also probing whether TuSimple shared with Hydron intellectual property developed in the U.S. and whether that action defrauded TuSimple investors by sending valuable technology to an overseas adversary. Heather Somerville, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 All of Assemble’s intellectual property and book concepts are developed in-house then packaged with writers and shopped to publishers. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 14 Oct. 2022 The testimony was part of an inquiry for lawmakers to better understand how intellectual property and the creative workforce may be affected by the advancement of new technologies. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2022 Many people are rightly worried about trade with China given its proclivity for stealing intellectual property and its autocratic regime. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 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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Cite this Entry

“Intellectual property.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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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