Types of IP

Intellectual Property (IP) is about far more than just Patents. There are four main types of IP rights which you can use to protect your inventions or creations.  You may also choose to protect your IP in other ways, for example, by using a confidentiality agreement.


Patents protect what makes things work – like what makes a wheel turn or the chemical formula of your favourite fizzy drink.

Trade marks

Trade marks are symbols that distinguish goods and services in the marketplace – like logos and brand names.


Designs are what something looks like – from the shape of a take-away cup to the body of jet.


Copyright is an automatic right which applies when the work is fixed, that is written or recorded in some way.