Intellectual Property: The Practical and Legal Fundamentals

56 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2008 Last revised: 15 May 2014

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Thomas G. Field

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

Date Written: July 27, 2008

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: K19, K29

Suggested Citation

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

Thomas G. Field (Contact Author)

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

Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://law.unh.edu/faculty/field

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