Protecting your intellectual property makes it easier to take legal action against anyone who steals or copies it.
The type of protection you can get depends on what you’ve created.
|Type of protection||Examples of intellectual property|
|Literary works (including writing), art, photography, films, TV, music, web content, sound recordings|
|Trade marks||Product names, logos, slogans|
|Patents||Inventions and products, eg machines and machine parts, tools, medicines|
|Shapes of objects|
|Registered designs||Appearance of a product including, shape, packaging, patterns, colours, decoration|
More than one type of protection could be linked to a single product, eg you could:
- register the name and logo as a trade mark
- protect a product’s unique shape as a registered design
- patent a completely new working part
- use copyright to protect drawings of the product