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.

Origin of intellectual property

An Americanism dating back to 1840–45
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Related Words for intellectual property

patent, trademark, IP, copyright

Examples from the Web for intellectual property

Contemporary Examples of intellectual property

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

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    The Sonia I Know

    Stephen L. Carter

    May 26, 2009


British Dictionary definitions for intellectual property

intellectual property

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