The phrase "intellectual property" is often used in the Indian media as synonymous with "patents". In fact, patents are only one form of intellectual property. Other forms of intellectual property include trademarks, copyright, design rights, plant variety protection, etc. Of these, trademarks are used in business for the purpose of distinguishing the goods or services of one person from those of others.
The recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the case of Brüstle vs Greenpeace has examined the patentability of human embryonic stem cells. At the heart of the issue is the question whether an invention that destroys a human embryo can be granted a patent.