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What is intellectual property, anyway? Find out here.
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Intellectual Property

What is Intellectual Property?*

Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

Intellectual property is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs. For an introduction to IP for non-specialists see:

The WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook offers a comprehensive introduction to the policy, law and use of IP. A summary of intellectual property legislation in member States, as well as contact information, etc., is available in the WIPO Guide to Intellectual Property Worldwide.

*World Intellectual Property Organization website.

 The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the government agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. 

The Smithtown Library has been designated as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the United States Patent Office. 


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