Intellectual Property Law Summary for EE302

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Intellectual Property Law Summary for EE302 By Dr. Bruce McCann Patents: Coverage: Inventions (novel, non-obvious, useful and of patentable subject matter). Protection: Right to exclude others from making, using, or selling what has been claimed as an invention for a limited duration. The claims determine the scope of the invention. Duration: 20 years from filing. How obtained: Application must be approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Trademarks: Coverage: Words/symbols that distinguish goods or services of one entity from others. Protection: Right to exclude use of a similar mark on products in a way that is likely to confuse the purchasing public. Duration: Indefinite if use continues. How obtained: Protection is automatic, but marks can be registered with the US PTO. Copyrights: Coverage: Original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Protection: Exclusive rights to reproduction, adaptation, public distribution, performance
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Unformatted text preview: and display. Duration: Authors life plus 70 years or if anonymous, the shorter of 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation. How obtained: Secured automatically when the work is created and fixed in a copy or recorded for the first time. Trade Secrets: Coverage: Any formula, pattern, physical device, idea, process or compilation of information that both: Provides the owner of the information with a competitive advantage in the marketplace, and Is treated in a way that can reasonably be expected to prevent the public or competitors from learning about it, absent improper acquisition or theft. Protection: Against theft or unauthorized use, but not against independent discovery or reverse engineering. Trade secrets are governed by state law. Duration: Indefinite if the secret is maintained. How obtained: Protection is automatic if the secret is maintained....
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