Thursday, January 19, 2012

Intellectual Property Hack: Use copyright law and patent law together.

Perhaps this is feasible, perhaps not.

For an invention, first patent it, then copyright everything about it - renderings, 3D files, specifications, design documents, build process documents, manufacturing process documents, exploded views, parts lists, etc - whatever is allowed by your country's copyright laws. Someone could build it after the patent expires, but they may have a hard time communicating about the invention without creating a derivative work. Copyright protection in the U.S.A. potentially extends to over 100 years.