Intellectual Property Rights for Engineers: The Legal by Vivien Irish

By Vivien Irish

This reference paintings units out the information required by way of engineers and scientists to take advantage of highbrow estate legislation. It explains the overall ideas in the back of the legislation keeping innovation, quoting situations from the engineering area so that it will make clear the problems. Chapters define the elemental rights, from computerized security (copyright, layout right), via registration platforms (patent, registered layout, exchange mark). The textual content then covers accurately who owns rights and the way their use is limited through EC legislations. different topics mentioned comprise the best way to licence, and the way to take advantage of litigation whilst valuable.

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Who is the owner of rights in the design? The first part is simple to answer, the second is less straightforward. 1 The designer The engineer who actually creates the design is the designer. For complex articles, there can be more than one designer, and a joint design would result. Rights in designs 39 In addition to a human designer, the 88 Act envisages a design being created by a computer without human intervention. This does not mean the use of a computeraided design program, when the engineer has a supervisory function and the process is interactive, but means a design made without any human control.

For any copyright work created before 1 August 1989, sources other than this book should be consulted. 7 Copyright use and misuse Ownership of copyright gives two types of legal control. 1. 2). What the owner does not have is the right to control the idea behind the copyright material. Copyright law applies only to the form in which an idea is expressed, to the actual words or the actual drawing, not to the concepts on which the words or drawings are based. So if a technical report describes a test method, it is not infringement of 18 Intellectual property rights for engineers copyright to carry out the test (but remember it may be patented).

Depriving the owner of legitimate sales or licence fees). The penalties are up to 10 years imprisonment (an increase from 2 years was made in 2002), an unlimited fine or both. In the case of a company found to be offending in this way, company officials, for example, a director, the company secretary or senior manager, may be held personally liable if they are aware of what is occurring. The criminal activities most likely to be encountered by engineers relate to computer software, but similar principles will apply to other types of copyright work.

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