Stand Number: 211

Intellectual Property Office

What counts as intellectual property
Intellectual property is something unique that you physically create. An idea alone is not intellectual property. For example, an idea for a book doesn`t count, but the words you`ve written do.

Owning intellectual property
You own intellectual property if you:

created it (and it meets the requirements for copyright, a patent or a design)
bought intellectual property rights from the creator or a previous owner
have a brand that could be a trade mark, eg a well-known product name
Intellectual property can:

have more than one owner
belong to people or businesses
be sold or transferred
Intellectual property if you`re self-employed
If you`re self-employed, you usually own the intellectual property even if your work was commissioned by someone else - unless your contract with them gives them the rights.

You usually won`t own the intellectual property for something you created as part of your work while you were employed by someone else.

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