Types of intellectual property
Common types of intellectual property are:
- trade marks
You can apply for a patent to protect your ideas if it’s a product, process, or new idea. You can’t get a patent for a business method.
You could protect your idea for free by keeping it secret. If you do tell someone, get them to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
You don’t have to register a trade mark, but it’s the best way to protect it. To successfully register a trade mark it must be distinctive and not descriptive - it can’t describe your product.
Work that you create may get automatic protection without you needing to apply for it. These types of work include:
- literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work
- software, web content and databases