Intellectual Property Protection For Databases

Databases that are being used do provide meaningful organization of information, but these systems are not protected by intellectual property laws. Intellectual property has been a key issue in the protection of trademarks, patents, and copyrights as well as trade secrets, but databases have not been protected by intellectual property laws.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How have databases being protected under intellectual property laws?
Will the state misappropriation doctrine provide some protection for database developers?

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