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Patents: Intellectual Property

This guide will provide basic information found online and at Baylor and can offer a good starting place to begin your patent research.

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

Definition: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Types of Intellectual Property

By law, IP is afforded protection by several means. These means enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create.

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
  • Geographical indications

World Intellectual Property Organization

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