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.”

IP is protected in law by, for example, patentscopyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.” – World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

There are different types of Intellectual Property domains:

  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Trade Marks
  • Copyright

South Africa’s has its own IP resource portal that can be found here.