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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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Examples from the web for intellectual property
  • They are out there trying to steal intellectual property, make some money.
  • But initial trials are under way while they stake out intellectual property rights.
  • Thus, copyright and intellectual property rights as stands now require serious reform.
  • The debate over intellectual property transcends the law-and requires philosophy.
  • The legislation needs to be tightened to protect intellectual property without hindering online speech and innovation.
  • We pledge allegiance to the penguin, and the intellectual property regime for which he stands.
  • intellectual property, unlike physical property such as your car or a favorite chair, can be shared simultaneously by everyone.
  • Your leader understates the importance of protecting intellectual property.
  • The intellectual property embedded in some devices may not, ahem, have been paid for.
  • For example, it lacks ways of ensuring quality and it is still working out better ways to handle intellectual property.
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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