RDIM Terminology Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

'Intellectual property' is a broad term that describes the laws which protect products of people’s imagination and creativity.

The main forms of intellectual property include:

  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Trademarks
  • Circuit layouts
  • New plant varieties
  • Confidential information.

Under the Australian Copyright Act 1968, the owner of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, sound recordings, films and broadcasts have exclusive rights which allow them to:

  • Reproduce/copy a work
  • Publish
  • Perform in public
  • Communicate the work to the public via electronic means – including making it available online or sending via email.

Intellectual property rights at JCU are managed in accordance with the Intellectual Property Policy and Procedure; see the JCU Connect website for further information about intellectual property in research.