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Protecting Ideas

The ways to protect your idea are called Intellectual Property Rights or IPR for short. These are ways of proving that you own the idea.

They can be used to stop other people copying your idea. Our Discovery Service can tell you whether your idea is protectable and help you with advice about how to do it. Just click here Free Information Pack  to get more information. Click here for the Intellectual Property Office video that explains what IP means to you.

You cannot patent a website or a business idea but you can use registered trade marks and designs and copyright to protect the details.
 

Patents

 
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Copyright

 
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Trade Marks


 
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Registered Designs

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