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The IP Quiz - test your knowledge of IP

Published 07.04.11 at 14:58

Do you think you are an expert in IP or do you rather feel in need of a confidence boost when it comes to your IP knowledge? Complete our fun quiz here and find out for yourself.


1. Identify the work that is not a copyright work
a) an illustration
b) a book cover
c) a photograph
d) an installation of found objects
e) a software code

2. It's not copyright infringement when I make 5 changes to the original
a) true
b) false

3. If a copyright work doesn't have a copyright sign and/or no author is known I can copy it
a) true
b) false

4. Design right protects
a) the external shape of the whole or part of a product (3D) or surface pattern (2D), which are generally external features of a product that make it more attractive to consumers and invite them to chose one product over another despite them having the same functionality.
b) a specific material the product is made of
c) a method or principle of construction of a product

5. An idea is protected by
a) copyright
b) trade mark
c) patent
d) there is no IP right that protects an idea. Ideas can only be protected under the law of confidence.
e) trade secret

6. I can copyright my name
a) True
b) False

7. Once I have registered a domain name, nobody else can use that name
a) True
b) False

8. If I don't make money out of somebody else's work, I can use it without asking for permission
a) True
b) False

9. Look at the list of celebrities and tick the one, who posthumously earned the most from their IP in 2009
a) Michael Jackson
b) Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
c) JRR Tolkien
d) Yves Saint Laurent

10. Identify the item that isn't a trade mark
a) The coca cola logo
b) Paul Smith
c) The scent of Chanel No5
d) Burberry's tartan
e) The colour orange


1-3 correct answers

You are in urgent need of an IP knowledge injection to boost your confidence in protecting your own IP - as well as respecting other people's IP.

4-7 correct answers

Not bad at all - an occasional visit to the Own-it website is recommended to refresh your knowledge and get rid of these myths surrounding IP.

8-10 correct answers

You are an expert - and have real advantage. Knowing about the value of IP can sustain and grow your business.


Correct answers:

1d; 2b; 3b; 4a; 5d; 6b; 7b; 8b; 9b; 10c

For a more detailed explanation, go here.


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  1. Can I copy this quiz?

    Can I copy this quiz to use in a training course on IP for my University staff members?

    Posted by Asmaa Kamel on 02.10.11 at 12:25


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