Intellectual property explained

Intellectual property rights are important. Read our easy to understand guide to each of the main types.

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What is a trade mark?

Learn why trade marks are valuable business assets.


What is a design?

Protecting the appearance of a product with a registered design will help you to stop others from selling something that looks similar.


What is a patent

How can you protect an invention? We asked our friends at The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys to share their guidance.


What is copyright?

Copyright is an automatic intellectual property right that protects original works from being copied without permission.

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What is a geographical indication?

Some products, often food and drink, are synonymous with certain locations for their quality - these can be protected.

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What is a trade secret?

Did you know that confidential information can be protected by an intellectual property right called a trade secret?