Journal Article

Intellectual property strategies for US security and privacy

Dennis Fernandez, Laurie De Leon and David Kemeny

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 1, issue 9, pages 593-598
Published in print August 2006 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online July 2006 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI:
Intellectual property strategies for US security and privacy

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Legal context. Some state legislatures are considering bills which would require those applying for a driver’s licence to provide one or more biometric identifiers. The US federal government is tending towards eavesdropping on conversations and investing in data mining efforts while on the other hand anti “big-brother” technologies are also emerging to counter this trend and protect privacy. The demand for technology to protect privacy will no doubt increase as the demand for defence and security spending increases. We also live in a world where bioterrorist acts are a constant threat and therefore demand for biological detection devices and nanotechnology is growing daily.

Key points. Current technology advances in biometrics, surveillance, biological detection and nanotechnology can be used both to protect and to jeopardize the security and privacy of individuals. As such, the importance of intellectual property in these areas cannot be underestimated.

Practical significance. Companies are advised to ‘go on the offensive’. All companies should aggressively protect their core technology in numerous facets such as patent protection, copyright, trade marks and trade secrets. In the high tech arena this is especially important because the demand for security and privacy necessitates the development of advanced applications and in turn the quality of protectable IP for the companies that develop the technology increases. Additionally, companies should also pursue an offensive strategy that includes analyzing emerging standards and competitor focus so that they can acquire a competitive advantage or secure cross-licensing of another’s technology.

Journal Article.  3409 words. 

Subjects: Arbitration ; Intellectual Property Law

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