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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property


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Intellectual property is a broad categorical description for the set of intangible assets owned and legally protected by a company or individual from outside use or implementation without consent. An intangible asset is a non-physical asset that a company or person owns.


Companies are diligent when it comes to identifying and protecting intellectual property because it holds such high value in today's increasingly knowledge-based economy.

Also, producing value intellectual property requires heavy investments in brainpower and time of skilled labor. This t...

A patent is a property right for an investor that's typically granted by a government agency, such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent allows the inventor exclusive rights to the invention, which could be a design, process, an improvement, or physical invention such as a machine. ...

Copyrights provide authors and creators of original material the exclusive right to use, copy, or duplicate their material. Authors of books have their works copyrighted as do musical artists.

A copyright also states that the original creators can grant anyone authorization throu...

A trademark is a symbol, phrase, or insignia that is recognizable and represents a product that legally separates it from other products.

A trademark is exclusively assigned to a company, meaning the company owns the trademark so that no others may use or copy it. A trademark is often...

A franchise is a license that a company, individual, or party–called the franchisee–purchases allowing them to use a company's–the franchisor–name, trademark, proprietary knowledge, and processes.

The franchisee is typically a small business owner or entrepreneur who operates the ...

A trade secret is a company's process or practice that is not public information, which provides an economic benefit or advantage to the company or holder of the trade secret. Trade secrets must be actively protected by the company and are typically the result of a company's research and developm...

Attached to intellectual property are certain rights, known as Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), that cannot be infringed upon by those without authorization to use them.1 IPRs give owners the ability to bar others from recreating, mimicking, and exploiting their work.

Patents infringemen...

Many forms of intellectual property cannot be listed on the balance sheet as assets since there aren't specific accounting principles to value each asset. However, the value of the property tends to be reflected in the price of the stock since market participants are aware of the existence of the...

Generally, the creator of a work is deemed its owner. However, intellectual property ownership can be determined differently for different types of property and under varying circumstances.

For example, if work is created for an employer, the employer is the owner of that intellectual pro...

Intellectual property can be used for various reasons, such as branding and marketing, as well as to protect assets that give a competitive advantage.

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