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    Subject: BUG, Inc.
    Details: Scenario: BUG, Inc., a company based in Any State, U.S.A., designs, manufactures, and sells electronic recording devises. These devices are used by law enforcement agencies (police, FBI, etc.) to intercept and record sounds and voices. The equipment taps into telephone wires, cell phone transmissions, and picks up sounds and voices through the walls of a house or in open-air locations through the use of a remote microphone. Part of the equipment is driven by software written by BUG employees. BUG has exclusive contracts with most state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. BUG is thinking about expanding its sales to international markets. Currently, half of its manufacturing plants are in foreign countries and half are in the U.S. The company?s logo is a ladybug wearing a set of headphones.

    Assignment: Using the scenario above, give detailed answers to the following questions:

    1. Define the different type(s) of legal protections BUG should have for its intellectual property. Explain why these protections are necessary.
    2. Earlier this year, WIRETAP, Inc., a relatively new company trying to compete with BUG, sent an employee to BUG to get a job. BUG, not realizing Steve was an employee of WIRETAP, hired him to work in its research and development department located in Any State, U.S.A. While working at BUG, Steve forwarded any BUG e-mail he received to WIRETAP. This included e-mail between BUG officers (both domestic and abroad) that Steve intercepted using his hacking ability. At the end of each week, Steve met with his boss at WIRETAP and gave him all the information he obtained about the BUG product lines. Discuss in detail what type(s), if any, of civil liability Steve and/or WIRETAP may face if caught.

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    1. It would be a good idea to trademark the logo of the brand as this is something that represents the brand and makes it distinctive from other products. It would also be a good idea to patent the technology so that a competitor is not able to use the same technology under a different label. An ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution looks at least two different types of legal protections BUG should have and also discusses the civil liability Steve or WIRETAP might face if caught.