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intellectual property

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noun
  1. Law. property that results from original creative thought, as patents, copyright material, and trademarks.
  2. an individual product of original creative thought: Microsoft’s Halo franchise is one of the most profitable intellectual properties in the video game industry.
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Origin of intellectual property

An Americanism dating back to 1840–45
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intellectual property

noun
  1. an intangible asset, such as a copyright or patent
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