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Posted By: Smita Choudhary | 22 Feb 2017

Websites-IP Protection-"thinking outside the box"

After attending our morning meeting today, I hit directly to the pantry to have a hot coffee, aroma of coffee awakes me and gives me the energy to open my office outlook, I read a message popping up with a query “Dear Smita, I am working with a couple of friends to start a new concepts on websites. Our concept is unique hence to allow this company to reach its full potential, we want to incorporate it in the US or UK.


The concerned point was One of the things that do truly annoy is that fact that once we launch the website, our concept will be copied by others … particularly some of the functions that will define our user experience.  To minimize our exposure for this, I was wondering what can be done from a patents eligibility point of view to minimize our exposure. Please note that our concept is more of an idea of doing things differently … this is what we usually refer to as “thinking outside the box”. To the technical software coding can be done by anyone…”

Hereto I will be writing about the aspects of Intellectual Property Rights underlying beneath the launching of the new website.

As we know that the Websites are made up of a bunch of different parts which work together. First, there are the design elements, which create the look and feel of the site and what you actually see on the screen. Then there’s the actual code running behind the scenes, which interacts with a server and the user’s computer to enable the website’s functionality. There is the website content, such as text, images, sounds, and videos that people can consume. And finally, if your website is part of a functioning business, there are probably some additional processes taking place on the website, such as the purchasing of goods and services.

Also, want to submit that you can’t patent abstract ideas (e.g.: – a website that sells clothes for babies) you can patent the novel/unique/non-obvious process or copy right the code and Trademark the look of what the code produces.

More clearly on the Website Protection:-

  1. Patent: – The process- a novel process to display user-specific content or a unique way to introduce new products or a novel way to display product features.
  2. Copyrights: – Copyrights are a great way to protect all of the content on your website, even including the source code ( such as technical software coding).
  3. Trademarks: – Trademarks protect your company name, image, brand, logo, and specific slogans or product names. It is wise to register a trademark for your website or company name to avoid confusion amongst web visitors and protect your site against similar websites and competitors that are targeting your customers. Simply TM the look of what the code produces.
  4. Trade Secrets: – A trade secret is quite simply, a piece of valuable information that is kept secret from the competition. When it comes to websites, you might also keep certain aspects of your software code a secret by using encryption technology.

I hope this helps! For more clarification on the IP protection w.r.to the website creation, feel free to contact ADAM GLOBAL to understand the factors more deeply and easily.

 

 

 

 

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