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Tag Archives: Intellectual Property
I heard about “the law of two feet” at Innovation 2010, an UN-conference sponsored by Mass Technology Leadership Council. Basically, it means “If at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use … Continue reading
Myth: If it’s on the Internet, it is in the “public domain” and can be freely copied. While information on the Internet is “public,” it’s not all in the “public domain.” According to Wikipedia, “Public domain comprises the body of … Continue reading
Copyright – What is “Fair Use”? Copyright law makes it illegal to copy, display, publish, perform or create derivative works of copyrighted material without the permission of the owner. Most of the content on the Internet is covered by copyright … Continue reading
Intellectual Property (IP) is broad in scope. People tend to think of the formal IP – such as Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents. IP also includes a broad range of work processes and intangibles (such as customer relationships and employee morale). … Continue reading
I am frequently asked, “Is this non-compete enforceable?” (Please note that this discussion applies to non-competes for employees not non-competes related to the sale of a business.) Unfortunately, the answer is not always clear. This creates uncertainty – fear of … Continue reading
Confidential business information is the most valuable asset for most businesses. Safeguarding it is a lot more complicated than locking the door when you leave. Confidential information is being used every day in your business. Hence, it’s a real challenge … Continue reading
Question: What does Trademark law protect? Trademark protection may be available for any word, phrase, name, symbol, sound (called “the mark”) that identifies or distinguishes your product or service from those made or sold by others. It includes the exclusive … Continue reading
In general, Copyright law makes it illegal to copy, display, publish, perform or create derivative works of copyrighted material without the permission of the owner. But, the rights of the copyright owner are limited by the “Fair Use” doctrine, which … Continue reading