As this excellent site from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) so succinctly explains, 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. Types of IP include Copyright, Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications. As a whole, the WIPO website is broadly informative and readers will find a number of excellent Publications. For example, the freely downloadable PDF "What is IP?" contains an introduction and pithy chapters on the subjects of patents, trademarks, industrial design, and geographical indications, as well as a chapter dedicated to copyright and related rights. For a more comprehensive treatment, readers will also find the freely downloadable "WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook."
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