Every day we produce some type of intellectual property (also known as IP) from work-related projects and reports to individually created artwork, business processes, inventions, music, media, and more. If you have created something unique while at work or volunteering for an organization, you may not be the intellectual property owner. Unless it has been specified in advance, your intellectual work may belong to your employer. This is also known as work-for-hire.

Some intellectual works are intended for sharing with others, e.g. utilizing Creative Commons or other open source platforms, while other works are more proprietary and intended only for commerce. Copyrights, trademarks, and patents are the most common types of intellectual properties utilized to protect your own works.

Steely Library's IPAC is available to serve IP awareness needs from inventors to musicians. The appropriate intellectual property, when applied, could help protect your own intellectual works. See the navigation bar to the left for your specific application or contact John Schlipp at Steely Library for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Information on this page and other content from the IPAC website, programs, or services is provided for informational purposes only. Any information provided should not be considered legal advice. The IPAC seeks only to facilitate related information and community connections to further IP awareness. Any information received from IPAC should not substitute for securing legal advice from a licensed attorney.