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intellectual property (IP)

Intellectual Property (IP) is intellectual property. It is intangible property created by human intellect. In this context, patent rights and copyrights should be mentioned, but also trademark rights and company-specific development and production processes. Intellectual property can be found wherever man expresses his intellect in texts and language

, in music and the performing arts. In information technology

, inventors of intangible goods should be able to protect and secure their legal claim with intellectual property. This is to ensure remuneration for the use of inventions. In addition, intellectual third-party work is also protected. For example, for circuitry or chip-based third-party developments. In the latter case, chip manufacturers buy construction plans from intellectual property providers, i.e. companies that design chip blocks, so-called IP blocks (intellectual property), for chip production.In order to avoid having to design all chip circuits from scratch, the IP blocks are primarily based on already proven circuits, for example for interfaces

, processor cores or memory blocks.

Thechip manufacturers themselves can thus concentrate on those functions with which one differentiates oneself from the competition.

The enforcement of intellectual property is often difficult, since as a rule the domicile of the company and the location of the server are decisive for the respective national jurisdiction. As a result, providers of content that is questionable in terms of copyright usually have their headquarters and servers in countries with very liberal or non-enforcing jurisdictions.

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Englisch: intellectual property - IP
Updated at: 02.05.2018
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