Originally Posted by Boubou
No experience with copyright but lots with patent. As they said you compose it, you own it by default, registering it helps you prove that. I sign my labbook and have a witness countersigned it, and that's that, that's the date the "invention " was made
dont know how you can give bad info on this!!!!
The US courts recently went from a first to invent system to a first to file. PERIOD! And before you had a year to file for a patent, if not then you lose your option. Now it gets a little messy in these situations but you must always file for protection. But just bc you file doesnt mean much. If someone infringes then you MUST PROVE that they have done so. Not easy to do and very expensive.
Copyrights and trademarks and patents dont mean much. All they do is deter people from infringment. It is your responsibility to prove that they have done so.