Intellectual Property

Jane Lambert
27 May 2010

Intellectual property or IP is the collective name for the bundle of rights (“IPR” or intellectual property rights) that protect investment in brands, designs, technology and creative works.

The term is often used to refer to the objects of IP protection such as inventions, trade names, logos, designs, books, films, plays, websites and musical scores.   That is wrong.    Those objects are intellectual assets so called because they generate revenue and other economic benefits for their owners.

IP refers to patents, copyrights, registered designs and trade marks the right to bring claims for breach of confidence or passing off and so on.    A full list of the IPR enforced by the English courts is to be found at CPR 63.2 (1) and paragraph 16.1 of the Part 63 Practice Direction.

Further Reading

Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, Nov 2006


Jane Lambert “Introduction to UK Intellectual Property Law” 28 March 2008

Jane Lambert “Introduction to Intellectual Property for Business Advisors”, 7 Nov 2006

Jane Lambert “Developing an IP Strategy”, 11 Oct 2007

Jane Lambert “Intellectual Property Law in India: The Substantive Law” 18 Sep 2007

Jane Lambert “Protecting your IP in China: Introduction” 14 Sep 2006