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Examples of Intellectual Property

Examples of Intellectual Property

Gain an insight into the different types of intellectual property that exist.

23rd October 2017

The term ‘intellectual property’ incorporates a vast variety of proprietary interests. These interests are generally derived from anything an individual creates using their mind, such as a new design for a product, a new song or a piece of art. Depending on what is created, there are different rights associated with what an individual creates.

It is important to protect these property interests, after all, they will be something that you have put in hard work to develop. Without protection, your intellectual property may be used or registered by somebody else, leaving you with effectively no right to benefit from whatever you have created.

LawPath has an extensive legal marketplace where you can find registered patent attorneys and registered trademark attorneys that can help register your intellectual property interest.

Examples of Intellectual Property

Depending on what an individual creates, the product or creation will be classified differently under the broad intellectual property umbrella.


A Patent is a registered right granted for new and nonobvious inventions or innovations relating to the function of a product. When making an application, usually specific blueprints regarding the new invention or innovation will be submitted. Examples will include:

  • Original bread toaster;
  • Hair dryer;
  • Specifics of a current product being modified, such as ‘Water-proof board to board; connectors’ for an Apple Iphone; and
  • Google’s Emergency Response Drone.

If you are looking to lodge a patent, LawPath recommends seeking advice from a patent attorney.


Similar to patents, a registered Design will protect the shape, configuration, pattern and appearance of a product. The appearance must be something new and distinctive. Examples include:

  • A specifically shaped chair;
  • A distinctive looking phone case; and
  • The particular shape and appearance of a product’s packaging.


A Trademark is a feature or sign that distinguishes your product or services from competitors. Examples include:

  • A word or phrase;
  • A colour, such as Cadbury’s shade of purple;
  • A shape or image, like McDonald’s Golden Arches; and
  • A smell.

LawPath can assist you with your trademark application help provide easy fixed price quotes if you are looking to register a trademark.


Copyright is an automatic protection given to ideas or information that are placed into ‘material form’. Examples will generally include:

  • Sound recordings;
  • Films;
  • Television and sound broadcasts;
  • Publishing editions;
  • Musical works;
  • Dramatic works intended to be performed; and
  • Artistic works such as paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings.


It is important that you protect any intellectual property that you have created on your own accord. Depending on the type of intellectual property that you have created, there will be a different process to register your interest against it.

Contact a LawPath consultant for more information regarding the best path to register your interest, LawPath has an extensive legal marketplace where you can find registered patent attorneys and registered trademark attorneys.

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LawPath has access to an extensive legal marketplace that can help with you applying for a IP protection. Contact a LawPath consultant on 1800 529 728 to learn more about customising legal documents, obtaining a fixed-fee quote from our largest online network of expert lawyers or to get answers to your legal questions.

Adam Lewis

Adam is a Consultant at Lawpath working with the Marketplace Team. With an interest in consumer and commercial law, he is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University.