Intellectual property and copyrighting laws have been in effect since the year 1710. The principle behind IP and copyright laws is to ensure that the integrity of the idea or content remains exclusively to its rightful owner(s). In today’s day and age organizations have gone to great lengths to uphold and institute these laws. Intellectual property and copyrighting laws have become a staple in keeping the rights and protection of its owners.
There are a few aspects in IP laws; they are patents, copyrights and trademarks. There is a difference in each one of these aspects. Beginning with patents, patents concern itself with inventions and ideas. Inventions are only deemed inventions if it is new, and is industrially applicable. The rule of law in terms of patents in a nutshell is if something has been disclosed to the world, than your idea cannot be patented. Patents document the process or synthesis and grants the owner the enforceable right to exclude others from practicing or using the inventions design for a period of time (Gregg, 2009).
Copyrighting is another aspect. This aspect is the most intriguing and volatile variable in the intellectual property law, in my opinion. Copyrighting deals with the creativity portion, for example, creating music, literary creations, films, sounds and even sound recordings. Some argue that because of copyrighting the line between freedoms of expression is growing thinner and thinner.
Trademarks are a means of identifying the product or indicator of origin. For example, Shell the company known for selling gasoline and diesel products, or Gamestop a company known for selling video game merchandise. The (ISC)² logo is an example of a trademarked logo (Gregg, 2009).
Gregg, M. (2009). Cryptography. In CISSP exam cram (2nd ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Pearson Education.