IP rights - The world of IP is becoming so ast that it is...

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The world of IP is becoming so ast that it is hard to imagine an idea without stepping on someone else’s toes. For example, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines intellectual property (IP) as “creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.” More specifically, intellectual property refers to a broad collection of rights relating to such matters as works of authorship, which are protected under copyright law; inventions, which are protected under patent law; marks, which are protected by trademark law; as well as trade secrets, designs and other related rights. It is important to note that these forms of intellectual property are very different and the protection afforded under them, serve different purposes.(obtained information from: http://www.export.gov/regulation/exp_tic_ipr_article.asp) To obtain I.P. rights, you must first create the object, or idea to be copyrighted, then register the invention or something tangible though:
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course IST 432 taught by Professor Bagby during the Spring '08 term at Penn State.

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