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intellectual property

noun [U]     ( abbreviation IP) LAW
someone's idea , invention , etc. that can be protected by law from being copied by someone else : Theft of intellectual property is widespread , with factories illegally producing millions of cheap copies of the latest design of phone . intellectual property rights / issues / protection → Compare literary property
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