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The term “intellectual property” came into common use in U.S. industry in the 1990s. It probably was invented by a business consultant, and thus it is not defined in most dictionaries. What it encompasses in U.S. industry are the technologies, processes, patents, products, secrets, and personnel that provide a competitive edge to your company. It is what gives you differentiation in the market. Significant intellectual property is usually necessary for business success. The problem addressed in this chapter is that a technical presentation, even within a company, can have a negative effect on your organizations intellectual property. Secondly, presentations can violate the intellectual property of others, and this can produce liability. I will discuss intellectual property and copyrights as they apply to oral presentations with the objective of giving a speaker sufficient information to deal with intellectual property, such that it can help rather than hurt your company's intellectual property.