Legal Elements_11-3-10

Legal Elements_11-3-10 - Legal Considerations in...

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Legal Considerations in Engineering DISCLAIMER: I am not a Lawyer or  other legal professional!
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Objectives Understand the basic legal responsibilities and principles  governing the profession of engineering. Understand the rights and responsibilities attending basic  intellectual property, and the associated legal principles. Understand the basic laws governing industrial  espionage.
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Legal Responsibilities of Engineers Legal System in America: As significant for  engineering as for any other profession Practice of Professional Engineering: Requires satisfying certain training, education and  experience Laws govern work engineers do Work governed by contractual agreements Subject to rules of liability for mistakes in judgment,  intentional wrongdoing, inadvertent mistakes Professional engineering registration – by state
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Legal Responsibilities (cont’d) (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_United_States#Types_of_law) Legal system in US  Historical basis in British common law Procedural law (process) vs. substantive law (substance) Criminal  law involves prosecution (mostly by the state) of  wrongful acts against society (so serious they cannot be  remedied by suits; a breach of sovereignty)  Contract  law covers obligations under agreement by  private parties Tort  law covers general obligations imposed by law and  not  covered by contract (all persons have a civil duty to  exercise reasonable care to avoid harm to persons or  property)
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Contracts contract  is a legally binding agreement between  two or more parties which, if it contains the elements  of a valid legal agreement, is enforceable by law or  by binding arbitration. Two or more parties enter into an agreement
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This note was uploaded on 05/30/2011 for the course SYS 302 taught by Professor Dr.hager during the Spring '11 term at Embry-Riddle FL/AZ.

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Legal Elements_11-3-10 - Legal Considerations in...

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