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M221 Business Law

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  • Course Code: M221
  • University: De Montfort University
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  • Country: United Kingdom


Intellectual Property Homework Assignment

You are an entrepreneur and just started a new business. Pease state the type of business that you have created. The business must be hypothetical (made-up) for this assignment.

Please propose a plan for protecting your hypothetical intellectual property (IP). Your plan should consist of the following information.

  • Trademark Protection: Start by demonstrating your understanding of what subject matter trademark protects. Survey the subject matter that would receive trademark protection in your hypothetical business. 
  • Patent Protection: Explain what types of inventions are patent eligible.  In your hypothetical business, explain whether you would have any items that would have patent protection.  You may also comment on whether you need to apply for a patent. Feel free to use your imagination in thinking about potential inventions for the business.  
  • Copyright Protection: Generally, list the types of works that may receive copyright protection. Survey the types of items in your hypothetical business that may receive this protection, if any. 
  • Trade Secret Protection: Demonstrate your understanding of trade secret protection. Would this type of protection be applicable to your hypothetical business? Why or why not? If applicable, describe what steps your business might take to keep this protection. 
  • Distinguish between the types of protections: Give a brief overview of your understanding of how the above protections are different. Then discuss which type of protection is most applicable to your hypothetical business. 
  • Infringement Concerns: Identify any concerns that you have about infringing on a competitor’s intellectual property rights.  Describe what steps you might take to avoid this problem. 
  • Relevance and Significance of Intellectual Property: Is it important to understand these different types of intellectual property protections before starting a business? Why or why not? Please explain any benefits that students receive from studying this information.

Before writing the essay, you should find it helpful to review the following videos in the Canvas shell: Criteria for Patenting; Copyright Introduction and Basics; Works Eligible for Copyright; Four Types of Trademarks; Trademark Subject Matter; Benefits of Establishing Trademark Registration; Trade Secrets and Protection; and The Secrecy Requirement.

The essay should be a minimum of 1 page and a maximum of 2 pages in length, single spaced. It must be typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman.   

Please note that the assignments will be reviewed using Turnitin, a software program which checks the originality of an assignment. 

The assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.  Please submit your assignment online in Canvas.  You will see the drop box under the “Written Assignments” module.

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