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Technology Report

Technology Report

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Kimberly McKay EDLD 5306 Concepts of Educational Technology 12/12/2010 
Technology Report ± Intellectual Property & Copyright
Intellectual property is defined as property that results from original creativethought, as patents, copyright material, and trademarks (Stroder, 2006). WhileSouthTexas College¶s Board Policy 3830 recognizes intellectual property as an ³importantasset to the educational community and to a broad range of intellectual endeavors´ itdoes not specifically define how intellectual property applies to innovative processesdeveloped in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to facilitatestudent success. Achieving the Dream challenged our division to review and evaluate practice andprocesses to determine if they were barriers to student success. Did the practice or policy by nature make it difficult to navigate the enrollment process? As a result, thedivision changed practices and processes, including the elimination of late registration,in order to facilitate success. In addition, innovative strategies including First Time inCollege Student Case Management and Beacon Mentoring were implemented. Thechange in practice and implementation of innovative programming may be consideredintellectual property and applicable copyrights, patents and/or trademarks should beconsidered.The Patent Act protects any ³new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof´ (Stroder, 2006). Although the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management does not inventproducts, we do develop processes and initiatives. We have developed a cadre of bestpractices that are replicable and may be profitable. Furthermore, as we embark on adivision web redesign, we should consider protecting our ³ownership´ of the copyright.Copyright law provides protection for original works of authorship and applies to written
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.

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