According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, intellectual property refers to “creations
of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in
commerce” (2008). The organization makes a distinction between two separate types of intellectual
property, “industrial” and “copyright.” Typically, the former category of property is the kind owned
by businesses (inventions, industrial designs, etc.), while the latter refers to artistic creations such as
original writing or music.