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Academic Integrity: Intellectual Property

Ethics in Using Information

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property (IP) encompasses the thought process that leads to the invention or creation of new things or works.  

IP Law protects individuals and their creations.

The Law


"A symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product." (Oxford English Dictionary)

Be careful when using logos and anything that might look like a trademark or an industrial design. Always check.


"A government authority or licence conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention." (Oxford English Dictionary)

Always check if a Patent exists and is valid. Patents are only granted for a maximum of 20yrs. Some patents are "short-term" and last up to 10yrs.

Ireland is a member of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) so check on the website for information on other countries.

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