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How To Patent: 03 Types of Intellectual Property

posted Jan 20, 2013, 9:47 AM by Robert Crownover
The third video covering various Intellectual Property rights has been posted to YouTube. This video loosely covers the subject matter covered in the types of coverage blog post. The video covers patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trade marks. The video does not cover plant patents and design patents which are covered in the aforementioned blog post.

This video also covers some examples such as the creation of software. Software can give rise to intellectual property in the form of copyright and patents. The code itself is considered artistic expression and therefore covered under copyright. The solutions presented can be ideas covered under patent law.

Software is patentable. Every year many software patents get drafted, filed, issued, licensed, and litigated. The real question is not whether software is patentable but how it is. How should software claims be drafted, how should software specifications be written, and how should software claims be prosecuted.

This change in conversation, from should to how, is significant but if you want to play with the big boys, these are the questions that should be asked.

Computer Icons are also used as an example of a technology that may give rise to trademark, copyrights, trade secrets, as well as patents.