16.01 “Intellectual property” is an umbrella term that refers to a range of rights recognised at common law, in equity and under statute, which are concerned with the protection of the fruits of intellectual endeavour.1 The topic of intellectual property embraces the law in relation to copyright, trade marks, patents and
Page 1362designs2 as its core areas in which there is a statutory creation and protection of rights. Additionally, intellectual property may be regarded as including cognate rights that protect human creativity, in particular the law of confidential information (or trade secrets).
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