An Introduction to Intellectual Property by The UK Intellectual Property Office

Find out about the different types of protection available for your ideas and your business and the resources that UKIPO provides on understanding and applying for intellectual property protection.

Intellectual Property (IP) results from the expression of an idea. So IP might be a brand, an invention, a design, a song or another intellectual creation. IP can be owned, bought and sold.

How and when should I use IP? – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse/useip.htm

Patents

Patents – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/patent.htm

Patent Basic Facts – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-basicfacts.pdf

Patents Essential Reading – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-essentialreading.pdf

Patents Application Guide – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-apply.pdf

Trade Marks

Trade Marks – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/tm.htm

Trade Marks quick facts – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tm-quickfacts.pdf

Designs

Designs – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/design.htm

How to apply to register a design – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/d-howtoapply.pdf

Designs Basic Facts – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/d-basicfacts.pdf

Copyright

Copyright – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/copy.htm

Copyright Basic Facts – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/c-basicfacts.pdf

Artists Resale Rights – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/businessguidance.pdf

Additional Resources

Online Services (Searching our databases) – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/os.htm

IP for Business and Enterprise – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse/business.htm

IP Healthcheck – http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse/business/iphealthcheck.htm

Peter Buckley

Communications and Media Manager

Intellectual Property Office