What is Intellectual Property?

You’ve likely heard the term intellectual property or IP, and you might have asked yourself, “what exactly is IP?” Here’s a definition. IP is creative works or ideas that are embodied in a form that can be shared or that enable others to recreate, emulate, or manufacture them. Here they are. Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. For patents and trademarks, you deal with the Patent Office. Actually, the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For copyrights, you deal with the U. S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. For trade secrets, well, keep them secret. In order to know what type of IP you might have, you should talk to an intellectual property attorney.