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Types of Intellectual Property Protection
There are various types of intellectual property protection that can be adopted to protect different aspects of intellectual property.
The most common forms of intellectual property protection are:
- A patent can be registered to protect intellectual property relating to the way an invention functions.
- A registered design can be used to protect intellectual property relating to the visual appearance of a product (but not intellectual property in the way the product functions).
- Copyright may be used to protect the owner's original expression of ideas (for example, in the form of a literary or artistic work), but not the ideas themselves.
- A trade mark can be registered to protect IP relating to a symbol, name or image used in commerce to denote that particular goods or services are produced or provided by a specific trader.