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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property is intangible property resulting from creations of the mind. It falls into 2 categories:

  • industrial property, such as patents on new inventions, trademarks, designs and models, as well as service brands and protected designations of origin;
  • copyright and related rights, such as music, literature, paintings and sculptures.

Intellectual Property rights (IPRs) allow owners - creators as inventors or artists, or any rightsholders - to decide how, when and where their creations are used and/or exploited.

The EU adopts legislation on Intellectual Property.