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Protecting your intellectual property

You lock your car, alarm your house and change your passwords to protect your property. However, how have you undertaken to protect your intellectual property? For example, if you have written a book, composed a song or created a computer program, you have intellectual property to protect.

How long do patent protections last?

As a person with a valuable idea to protect, understanding the basics of patent protection can get lost as you wade into the specifics of the law. If you are considering filing for a patent, you probably want to know how long that patent protection lasts, and when it begins. The length of protection depends on the type of patent you register, among other things.

Amazon amends its user agreement to protect clients

Intellectual property rights have only become more complex in the digital age, especially as it relates to using online services. Amazon recently took steps to address a number of intellectual property concerns by removing a passage in the Amazon Web Services user agreement, hopefully encouraging more business customers to use their cloud service without fear of third-party legal conflicts.

Is your creation a work for hire?

When a work is created, there are generally a number of rights that also arise with the creation of the work. If the person or persons who created the work did so independently, then the rights belong to them. However, in some circumstances, the copyright to a work may not automatically belong to the individual or individuals who created it. This is usually true when a piece of work is created as a part of employment. This is generally known as a "work for hire."

Defending against patent infringement

If you create a something and choose to patent it, what can you really do if you believe that someone is violating your patent? This all depends on the nature of the violation and the steps you are willing to take to reach a just resolution. Often, patent violations occur when a very large company with many complex operations uses something patented by a small innovator. In theses cases, it can feel like a literal David-and-Goliath scenario, and it is often difficult to know where to begin.

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