Does the idea of using plastic for making roads and generating electricity using plastic, come under the intellectual Property Rights ?

How can one protect their product if it's not under the Intellectual Property Rights?

  • General ideas are not really a "protected concept", you need to refine it further into a patent or utility patent. You can publish research on the subject and claim copyright (which is a type of intellectual property right), but really products are not a protected item by themselves, you need to take action to do so (patent/trademark/etc). This also depends on what country you live in, mind sharing?
    – Ron Beyer
    Feb 29, 2020 at 21:23
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    To be protected you would need to have a specific way of using plastic to make roads or electricity. You would also need a specific way of doing it to do it. Mar 1, 2020 at 3:48

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“Ideas” are not intellectual property

There are four types:

  • Copyright protects artistic and literary works
  • Patent protects practical inventions
  • Trademark protects product identity
  • Registered design protects product designs

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