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“Intellectual property” is an umbrella term that refers to a range of rights recognised at common law, in equity and under statute, which are concerned with the protection of the fruits of intellectual endeavour. 1 The topic of intellectual property embraces the law in relation to copyright, trade marks, patents and
designs 2 as its core areas in which there is a statutory creation and protection of rights. Additionally, intellectual property may be regarded as including cognate rights that protect human creativity, in particular the law of confidential information (or trade secrets).
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