Definition of intellectual property in US English:

intellectual property


  • A work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark, etc.

    • ‘Secondly, I'm interested in matters concerning copyright and intellectual property.’
    • ‘Is it time to review the laws on ownership of intellectual property and copyright?’
    • ‘The legal system protects intellectual property through patents and copyright.’
    • ‘Patents, copyright and intellectual property should be registered, he says.’
    • ‘This is mainly due to the patenting system where a company is given sole ownership of some intellectual property.’


intellectual property

/ˌɪn(t)əˈlɛk(t)ʃ(əw)əl ˈprɑpərdi/