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Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering by John Boutelle, Greg Papadopoulos, David Douglas

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Part III.Intellectual Responsibility

This part of the book is about the intersection of ideas and the law. It addresses the question of how to use ideas responsibly—your own and those of others—while understanding the protections of intellectual property (IP) law. Why is this important to a Citizen Engineer? At a macro level, the economic repercussions of IP law can be enormous. At a more personal level, the opportunity is immense. By mastering the world of IP law—patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and so forth—you gain a powerful tool for propagating your ideas and controlling the destiny of your innovations. You make it possible to allow others to amplify your ideas, and to create the types of products that are consistent with ...

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