imageCHAPTER 5Building Fences to Protect Your Turf: Developing a Legal Strategy

Confiding a secret to an untrustworthy person is like carrying a bag of grain to the market with a hole in the bottom.

—AFRICAN PROVERB

Farmers and ranchers build fences around their property to delineate what property belongs to them, to prevent intruders from stealing their crops, and to prevent cattle from wandering off their property. Fences protect what is theirs and tell the outside world where the lines of trespass are. In the intangible asset-, knowledge-, and information-driven society, intellectual property laws can serve as virtual fences. We use these laws to ...

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