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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) arises from the creation and expression of an idea.

IP is everywhere. It can include the appearance of products, a print on a textile, logos, fashion designs, patterns and sketches.

IP can be very valuable as it allows you to earn recognition and even monetary gain for what you create. This is why there are laws about ownership and use of IP.

IP is an essential tool for protecting your creations as an artist or designer in the fashion industry. You can use it to protect the design of a garment, the artwork on a textile or the design of jewellery.

Ideas themselves are not protected automatically, however once an idea is rendered into a design, pattern or illustration then the IP can be protected.

Kay Finn and Audrey Stewart - Photo taken in Dunjiba (Oodnadatta, SA) by Melanie Henderson, Ku Arts, 2021

Kay Finn and Audrey Stewart – Photo taken in Dunjiba (Oodnadatta, SA) by Melanie Henderson, Ku Arts, 2021

Exercises

  • Look around you and identify three examples of physical property and three examples of intellectual property.
  • Think about your own creative work and identify physical items you have created and also the intellectual property you have created.