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Internet Governance Glossary


4.15 Intellectual property rights / IPR

Legal concept which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognized.


IPRs are protected by several branches of law covering certain primary rights, such as: copyright law, trademark law and patent law. Laws on unfair competition also affect IPRs. Depending on the degree of material loss IPR infringement or violation of pertinent regulations or codes of practice through Internet misuse may be judged as cybercrime.