Imagine the logo of your department or agency was being used for commercial purposes by a person or organization not affiliated with the state. What steps should the department take to stop the conduct and protect its rights to the logo? Or perhaps your department hired a consultant to prepare materials, including brochures, forms and publications. How would you determine how the materials can be used and under what circumstances?
These are just two examples where intellectual property law affects the interests of state government. The Department of General Services (DGS) can help agencies and departments manage their intellectual property assets while helping them reduce potential legal risks at the same time.
What is intellectual property? – Intellectual property (IP) is a legal term that refers to creations of the mind, including an idea, invention or process.
Common examples include:
How can DGS help state agencies?
– As of 2012, DGS was given the authority under statute to help state agencies and departments manage and protect their intellectual property assets. DGS will do so through the initiation of a multi-phase statewide outreach program. Not only is it the law, but appropriately managing intellectual property benefits governmental entities and helps avoid unnecessary legal battles associated with the improper use of IP.