Imagine you’re discussing a business relationship with a third party. It could be related to anything: a prospective joint development, a reseller relationship, an acquisition, a new supplier, a new consultant, a licensing arrangement, or anything else. And further suppose that while you’re discussing this business relationship, someone mentions the need for a non-disclosure agreement, or an NDA. What should you do? Should you sign one?
Copyrights are unquestionably the least appreciated form of intellectual property. If we were in high school, patents would be the popular kids, trademarks would be the athletes, trade secrets would be the computer experts and gamers, but what about copyrights? Invisible, ignored, disrespected. But they shouldn’t be. They have value. They have purpose. And with the emergence and growth of the Internet, copyrights are beginning to climb the popularity ladder.
Protecting Your Software with Intellectual Property: Tips and Tricks that Your Competitors Don’t Want You to Know
During the past ten years or so, wherever I’ve gone in business, I hear the same complaint: there’s no good way to protect software with intellectual property. And, unfortunately, this mentality has kept some brilliant software-related inventions with fantastic potential from ever reaching intellectual property departments for consideration. So, let’s discuss the importance of software inventions and the different forms of protection available to them. We can also refer to these software inventions as computer-implemented inventions.
Intellectual property is a bundle of exclusive rights over creations of the mind, both artistic and commercial. When people think of intellectual property, they typically consider the four most important forms of IP which are patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights, And today, IP touches every part of a business. Intellectual property can touch every employee, from the least technical to the most: professionals in engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, procurement, customer service, finance, management, and everyone in between. IP can present serious risks – and massive opportunities – for all of us.