property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic
works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.
Intellectual property is divided into
two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents),
trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and
Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and
plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings,
photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to
copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers
of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and
A broad introduction to intellectual
property is available in the WIPO publication
Intellectual Property Reading Material. A summary of intellectual
property legislation in member States, as well as contact information, etc., is
available in the
WIPO Guide to
Intellectual Property Worldwide.
For detailed information on specific
areas of intellectual property, please visit the links below.