27 May 2010
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.