Track G

G2 Decision Flow Chart for Protecting Software-based Technologies

Track: IP Trends and Successful Practices

Target Audience: All Audiences

Eugene Molinelli, Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire PLLC

Chester Martin, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Andrew Morrow, University of Minnesota
Jessica Soulliere, University of Michigan

Software innovations come in many shapes and sizes. Some are fundamental to a commercial venture or product. Some provide research tools to be distributed within the academic community. Some are small applications for mobile devices. Some require deep databases to support functionality. Some are too complex to infer how they work by observing their results, while the programming for others is evident once their inputs and outputs are revealed. We’ll explore how and whether to protect these and other categories from the point of view of the technology manager who is presented with a technology. A decision tree will capture current best practices.

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