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intellectual property

Law. property that results from original creative thought, as patents, copyright material, and trademarks.
Origin of intellectual property
1840-45, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This intellectual property like other property, has its rights and duties.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • Is it being too aggressive in policing its intellectual property?

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • In the mythology generated by capitalism to pacify the masses, the myth of intellectual property stands out.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • intellectual property rights – despite their noble title – are less about the intellect and more about property.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Protection is comprehensive of all classes of intellectual property, and extends to all forms of use without special reservation.

    Copyright: Its History and Its Law Richard Rogers Bowker
British Dictionary definitions for intellectual property

intellectual property

an intangible asset, such as a copyright or patent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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intellectual property in Technology

(IP) The ownership of ideas and control over the tangible or virtual representation of those ideas. Use of another person's intellectual property may or may not involve royalty payments or permission, but should always include proper credit to the source.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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