Intellectual Property Protection - That Computer Engineer

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Intellectual Property Protection

The intellectual property includes anything that is unique and created by you. It can be an invention or a brand name. An idea in your mind doesn't count to be an intellectual property but it's written down version does count. The music created by an artist, the designs made by an architect, the symbols used by a company and research work of scientist are all intellectual property. I tried to explain in brief some basic intellectual property protection methods.


Intellectual property protection


1.Trade Secret

This resource provides an edge over other organizations.Consider it as the secret recipe of a dish by a popular restaurant. To remain ahead in the race, they keep the secret recipe protected from unauthorized use or disclosure. Similarly, our the trade secret for any intellectual property must be protected that is essential for the survival of an organization.

2. Copyright

Copyright is a legal right that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. However, the time period is limited. It protects the expression of ideas rather than the idea itself. The copyright holder has the right to do whatever he wants with his product. holder, you have the exclusive right to copy, distribute, display and perform your work. Anyone who wants to use your copyright product is required to take permission from you. Unauthorized use may lead to a penalty.


3. Patent

A patent for an invention is granted to the inventor that gives the person a right to stop any unauthorized person to make, use or sell the invention, for a limited period. Like any other form of property, the patent holder can buy, sell, hire or put it on rent. However, the rights are only restricted to a certain territorial area. Remember, no organization enforces the patent. It is up to the owner to take the patent rights via a legal system.

4. Trademark

Trademark is a protected right that enables an organization to differentiate its products from other organization. It can be any graphical logo, symbol, sound, shape or color combination. The fast food restaurant company McDonald's uses the "M" sign as its trademark that differentiates its identity among similar restaurant companies.

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