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Avoiding Intellectual Property Problems, Thomas G. Field Jr. May 2001

Avoiding Intellectual Property Problems, Thomas G. Field Jr.

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Patents, copyrights, trademarks, as well as trade secrets and related rights can be used to exclude free riders. These rights are usually collectively called "intellectual property" or IP. Everyone should know how to cost-effectively protect their own rights.


Making The Most Of Commercial Global Domains, Thomas G. Field Jr Jan 2001

Making The Most Of Commercial Global Domains, Thomas G. Field Jr

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Despite echoing skepticism about the long-term prospects for commercial global domains based in part on how they are governed, this paper concludes that nominal addresses are essentially a new form of intellectual property, to be viewed and managed in ways sometimes fundamentally different from trademarks and other indicia of commercial goodwill. In support, the article first reviews the domain name system ("DNS") under which nominal addresses may be registered. The article then outlines central principles of unfair competition law underlying the resolution of disputes within the United States. Finally, the article reviews how nominal addresses pose several new kinds of ...


On-Line Tutorial Project: Intellectual Property In E-Commerce, William J. Murphy Jan 2001

On-Line Tutorial Project: Intellectual Property In E-Commerce, William J. Murphy

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Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents make up most of the area of law known as Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property's importance in Electronic Commerce is difficult to overstate. The Internet has been defined as a global network of networks through which computers communicate by sending information in packets, and each network consists of computers connected by cables or wireless links. It is the Intellectual Property laws of Copyright, Trademark and Patents that are attempting to harmonize the effects that E-Commerce and the Internet have had on the individual's ability to access and use this information. It should be remembered that ...