Intellectual property (IP) refers to ownership rights in something that you make. This includes creative works (drawings, writings, songs, plays, movies, etc.) and technical works (devices, machines, programs, processes, algorithms, etc.). These creations can be owned and protected in a variety of ways: patent protection, trademark protection, copyright protection, and trade secret protection. For more information on these types of IP, you can click on the "IP Overview" tab in the menu bar on this page.