Intellectual Property: The Practical and Legal Fundamentals

Thomas G. Field Jr.

University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)

July 27, 2008

This working draft updates an article intended to identify pitfalls for lawyers and would-be lawyers who are basically uninformed about various forms of intellectual property.

Clients ultimately decide how much protection they can afford and how much risk of infringement they can tolerate. But they must first be apprised of options and alerted to risks.

In that vein, the paper is primarily intended to facilitate comparison of alternatives for recouping costs of developing and marketing (not necessarily new) goods and services. Yet attention given to scope of protection unavoidably addresses matters central to assessing infringement risks.

Such a comparative approach is impossible in detailed treatments of individual IP topics. Moreover, the scope of this discussion in relation to its size dictates careful attention to the most important and durable aspects of the law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 56

Keywords: copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, comparative IP options, IP risk, property

JEL Classification: K19, K29

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Date posted: July 28, 2008 ; Last revised: October 21, 2010

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Field, Thomas G., Intellectual Property: The Practical and Legal Fundamentals (July 27, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1180651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1180651

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Thomas G. Field Jr. (Contact Author)
University of New Hampshire School of Law ( email )
Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States
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