intellectual property


noun

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
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Examples from the Web for intellectual property

  • I teach a couple of her decisions in my intellectual-property courses, because they are scholarly, clear, and fair-minded.

    The Sonia I Know|Stephen L. Carter|May 26, 2009|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for intellectual property

intellectual property


noun

an intangible asset, such as a copyright or patent
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