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Intellectual property rights protect the expression of your idea in something you have made or created.

Intellectual property rights include:

  • trade marks to distinguish your goods and services
  • patents for new inventions
  • registered designs for the design of your products
  • plant variety rights for new varieties in agriculture or horticulture, and
  • copyright for your creative works like books, paintings and software.

Intellectual property is fundamental for most businesses, and is a tool for creativity, innovation, and even education.

Some intellectual property rights may be registered, which gives you certain exclusive rights over your brand, innovation or the expression of your idea.

By protecting your intellectual property, you may gain a competitive advantage in the market place, enabling you to profit and grow your business.

To help you find a market niche or business partner, you can search our online databases to discover what intellectual property assets your competitors own, including what areas of technology they’re interested in and who they have sold intellectual property assets to.