The Four Pillars of Intellectual Property: What are they and how you can use them to benefit your business

Intellectual Property can be as valuable to your business as tangible property. In 2000 the Harvard Business Review reported that income from Intellectual Property equaled 1/9 of IBM’s 1999 pre tax profit. (Harvard Business Review, Jan/Feb 2000).

What are the four pillars? They are the four categories or protectable intellectual property: Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets. Each encompasses a different sort of information and has different methods to protect them.