The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is responsible for intellectual property rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying:
- the names of your products or brands
- your inventions
- the design or look of your products
- things you write, make or produce
The office provides advice to start ups and business owners on how to identify and protect intellectual property, and where to go for more help.