Engineers should view their plans and drawings to protect this intellectual property and should establish intraoffice procedures to defend the firm against allegations of copyright infringement from other engineers.
Copyright can protect the engineer’s work, but the proper procedures should be followed to retain ownership and ensure compliance with the Copyright Law.
Copyright Concerns - Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (https://www.scu.edu/ethics/)
Copyright protects the expression of ideas, not the underlying ideas themselves. The expression of ideas recorded in some tangible things or works are protected by copyright.
The protection of intellectual property means the protection of creativity. But not all ideas are protected. For example, to balance the interests of different sectors of society, a pharmaceutical invention may be protected by patent registration while a special medical treatment of a disease is not protected. Protecting the efforts of the writers, artists, designers, programmers, inventors and other talents, we can create an environment where creativity can flourish and hard work can be rewarded.
A design needs to be registered in order to get full protection. Designs may be registered at country level through national IP offices.
Products will be evaluated on the originality of the design, on the quality of their presentation and on the accuracy of the information on how to register these design rights.
There is a link between engineering design and intellectual property (IP). However, the boundary between them is not always well defined, especially on when and how IP infringement checks should be conducted during the engineering design process. Design rights also protect the appearance of a product, and includes its: shape, colors, texture, materials, and ornamentation. The generation of design solutions based on existing Intellectual Property (IP) documents may not be appropriate for all design situations.
When designing a product, the engineer has to consider a list of properties (strength, density, working temperature, etc.) to choose the material that best suits the intended purpose and the respective production technology.
Like the owner of any other private property, a patent owner has the right to prevent others from using it, abandon it, sell it, that is, assign it for a fee or free (gift), and allow one or many others to use it, while retaining its ownership, by ‘licensing out’ the patent for one or more specified purposes, during a specified time period, in one or more specified jurisdictions. Licensing is always done for a valid consideration that may be in cash or kind, as may be mutually agreed and specified in a written and formally signed license agreement.
A patent is granted by a notional office or regional office and has no effect beyond the national or regional boundary of the country or countries concerned
Register a trademark grants trademark owner with several distinct advantages in using and protecting a mark. It provides a legal presumption of ownership and exclusive rights to use the trademark in connection with goods or services. Securing a registered trademark protects the brand, and also prevent any third person from using similar trademarks.
Registering a trademark abroad also provides the opportunity to license the trademark to others or may be the basis for a company’s franchising or merchandising strategy.
A trademark is used to identify the goods or services provided by different traders. Without the consent of trademark owner, a third party cannot use the registered trademark or a similar mark on goods or services covered by the registration.
Registering a trademark abroad also provides the opportunity to license the trademark to others or may be the basis for a company’s franchising or merchandising strategy
A patent gives some exclusive rights to the inventor(s) of an invention or its subsequent owner(s). Patents are only granted to new, inventive and industrially applicable inventions.
To register a patent, the invention must be something that can be made or used and inventive - not just a simple modification to something that already exists.
To be patentable, an invention must be new, involve an inventive step, be capable of industrial application, not lie within a list of exclusions. Invention must be inventive and non-obvious development of technology
Patents are a type of Intellectual Property that can be seen as a representation of codified knowledge, protecting inventions
Schools are not allowed to use any unlicensed software in their computers and students should not bring their own computer software to school and install it in the school’s computers.
The schools should not lend their software to their teachers and students for use at home. The works over the Internet may be protected by copyright.