Kimberly McKay EDLD 5306 Concepts of Educational Technology 12/12/2010
information, pictures and graphics, as well as to the overall design or "look and feel" of the website (Lane, 2010). As we explore the division¶s intellectual property and applicable trademarks,patents or copyrights, it is important to understand the difference. Literary, dramatic,musical and artistic works are protected by copyright. Trademarks provide protection for distinctive names, phrases, symbols, or signs that are used to identify and distinguishthe source of a particular product (Taylor, 2010). Patents are applicable to the technicalprocesses we have developed to facilitate student success by eliminating barriers in our practices and procedures. While the names of our innovations may be trademarked, or processes will need to be patented.In addition, web redesign may be eligible for copyright.Unfortunately, because Beacon Mentoring and Case Management have beenintroduced, replicated and published in research journals, they may not be eligible for patent: The Patent Act will not grant a patent if the invention has been described in apublication or has been in public use for more than a year. In the future, we will need tobe diligent in determining what may be eligible for patent, copyright or trademark, anddeliberate about applying board policy and seeking appropriate counsel.
Lane, A (2010)
Don't Forget Copyright Protection for Your Web Site.
etrievedDecember 12, 2010,fromhttp://www.alllaw.com/articles/intellectual_property/article12.asp.
South Texas College Manual of Policy
etrieved December 9, 2010, fromhttp://admin.southtexascollege.edu/president/policies/pdf/3000/3830.pdf.