Question by Paul: What are Intellectual Property Rights on starting a on-line business?
I am thinking about starting an online business that provides a service. Although there are currently NO online services for this discipline there is one other service that I have seen that will work similar to mine.
I am sure that there are many online services that could fall into an IPR dispute!
So my question is: What are the IPR regulations on starting an online service business?
Answer by lb_centaur
No such thing as IP regulations. You can PATENT an invention or business process. This is called Intellectual Property Rights. No patent, trademark, or copyright, then no IP protections.
If you have IP protected with a patent, trademark, or copyright, you can sue in civil court when someone misappropriates your property.
Amazon.com used to claim intellectual property right for the “One Click Process” that lets you check out with a stored credit card using just one mouse click. The Office of Patents and Trademarks recently overturned that patent because of prior art and it was considered obvious and trivial.
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