INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IS THE AREA OF LAW that protects a person's creative ideas, inventions, and innovations. It protects people's ownership rights in their creative ideas. It gives you the right to control the use of your creative ideas. It protects your ability to profit from your ideas. It also prevents other people from exploiting your creative ideas.
Intellectual property protection in the United States has a long history. The U.S. Constitution recognizes the importance of protecting intellectual property. This chapter reviews the major ways you can protect intellectual property. It also reviews the role of information technology in intellectual property issues.