Essentials of Intellectual Property

By Alexander Poltorak; Paul Lerner | Go to book overview
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Intellectual Property
in Cyberspace

After reading this chapter you will be able to:
Understand the special problems posed by business method patents and e-commerce
Understand the relation of domain names to trademarks
Understand the particular copyright problems presented by the Internet

Business Method Patents and E-Commerce

Intellectual property in cyberspace is, essentially, the same as intellectual property in the real, brick and mortar world, where corporations are managed by adults and have earnings. The reader need not fear—everything (hopefully) learned from the preceding chapters, and (again, hopefully) to be learned from the succeeding ones, also applies to the new economy. A patent is still a patent, although the courts have now reinterpreted the patent system to cover a heretofore unpatentable variety of subject matter—the business method patent. A trademark is still a trademark, albeit issues may arise with respect to conflicting domain names. And a copyright is still a copyright (much to the chagrin of the folks at Napster).


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