There are many options to have intellectual property registered. As discussed elsewhere, trademark law, copyright, design rights, database rights, plant breeders’ rights, patent rights, trade name rights and other areas of law offer the possibility of such registration. However, in order to qualify for protection in these fields of law and thus being able to take action against infringement, a specific name, design, work or invention is required. The abstract counterpart of all these expressions is the idea that has resulted in these concrete expressions.
It is precisely this idea that forms the basis for the later work, the later trade name or trademark or, for example, the developed invention.
The nature of intellectual property and the recognizability of that property towards third parties requires a specific expression. The idea cannot be protected as intellectual property. There is no written idea law.
An idea is the basis of every invention, every work or every trademark, but not or difficult to prove towards third parties. Ideas are by their very nature difficult to prove.