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Chapter 9. Property Protection: Copyrigh... > The Considerations of Intellectual P...

The Considerations of Intellectual Property Protection

Any company's intellectual property—whether that's patents, trade secrets, or just employee know-how—may be more valuable than its physical assets. This primer, compiled from CSO articles, covers basic and overlooked steps for keeping your secrets secret.

Intellectual Property in Simple Terms

Intellectual property can be descriptive materials from a particular manufacturing process to plans for a specific product launch, a chemical formula, or a list of the countries in which your patents are registered. It may help to think of it as intangible proprietary information. The formal definition, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization, is creations of the mind—inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce. Intellectual property includes (but is not limited to) proprietary algorithms, concepts or ideas, inventions (products and business methods), industrial solution designs, as well as literary and artistic works (e.g., novels, films, music, architectural designs, and Web site pages).


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