Topic: Patents


The Glossary of IP Terms was originally prepared by Sarah Andrew of Arts Council England. Appropriation (1) The first step in the act of theft e.g. ‘A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.’ (1968 Theft Act) (2) An act of cultural practice, e.g. ‘Everyday life invents itself by poaching in countless ways on the property of others.’ (Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984) Assignment Passing on the rights of an author/creator, usually for money, always in writing. Moral rights...

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IP for Freelancers

More and more creatives are working freelance. As a freelancer in any creative field it is vital that you understand your intellectual property rights. One of the most common issues in freelancing is about ownership. Usually, if you create something in the course of employment the creation belongs to the employer (depending on your employment contract of course.) However, as a freelancer this is not the case and you can retain ownership of your work. It is a good idea to set out in an agreement or contract who owns what before you do the work as it is...

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Patents: The Basics

What’s a Patent? A patent is a type of intellectual property right that protects inventions. It’s a kind of social contract, the idea is that it encourages people to invest their time and energy into inventing things that will benefit society as a whole – by allowing them a monopoly over the invention for 20 years. An invention can be a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. It is really important to know that if you think you have something that could be patentable...

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