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intellectual property

Law. property that results from original creative thought, as patents, copyright material, and trademarks.
an individual product of original creative thought:
Microsoft’s Halo franchise is one of the most profitable intellectual properties in the video game industry.
Origin of intellectual property
An Americanism dating back to 1840-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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?


    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
  • This is Big Money: the markets in intellectual property outweigh the total industrial production in the world.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
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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