ERIC Number: ED311934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Intellectual Property Protection, Third Edition.
Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office, St. Paul.
Protecting an idea is often a difficult process. Some ideas and inventions cannot be protected, while others are eligible for only narrow or partial immunity from potential competition and imitation. Obtaining even minimal protection can often be expensive, time consuming, and ultimately result in uncertain or even negative benefits to the inventor. This report was prepared to familiarize the inventor, creator, or developer of a new idea with the basic legal framework that is available to protect the idea and the products that result from it. More importantly, it is designed to help the inventor decide which, if any, type of protection is available for a particular idea, and whether such protection is worth obtaining. Each of the four types of intellectual property protection--i.e., patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret--is discussed in a separate section. The issues addressed include requirements for patentability, components of patent applications, information about examination of the patent by patent officers, practical considerations, enforcement of patent rights, trademark infringement, and fair use. The final section provides answers to 24 commonly asked questions about intellectual property protection. (SD)
Descriptors: Copyrights, Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Inventions, Legal Problems, Patents
Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office, 900 American Center, 150 East Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55101 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Guides - General; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Energy and Economic Development, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office, St. Paul.