The World Property Organisation (WIPO) defines Intellectual Property (IP) as:

[referring] to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

The type of protection you need would depend on what you have created.
IP can be protected by the law through the following types of protection:

These give people recognition or financial benefits for their invention or creation.
The UK Intellectual Property Office states that IP is:

Something unique that you physically create. An idea alone is not intellectual property. For example, an idea for a book doesn’t count, but the words you’ve written do.

If you are unsure of what type of protection you may need, click on the different types of protection to find out now.

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