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    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 one of its employees, Steve, 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.
    a) Discuss in detail what type(s), if any, of civil liability Steve may face if caught.
    b) Discuss in detail what type(s), if any, of civil liability WIRETAP may face if caught.

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    BUG, Inc. is a company based in the United States. The company designs, manufactures and sells electronic recording devices. The police, FBI, and many other law enforcement organizations use the company's recording devices. Organizations use this technology to catch illegal activity for later using in court. The equipment uses software the company has written itself. BUG would like to expand operations throughout the world, but has many questions regarding how to complete this objective:

    1) Define the different type(s) of legal protections BUG should have for its intellectual property. Explain why these protections are necessary.

    There are many different type(s) of legal protection BUG should have for its intellectual property (IP). IP is the legal right to something that has been created or invented; it is the original idea or expression of the human mind that has a medium of value. In BUG's case, the intellectual property is the computer software that was written by BUG employees. It may be necessary for the company to obtain trademarks and/or patents for their intellectual property. BUG needs to make sure that international IP laws cover this software before it ...

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    BUG, Inc. is a company based in the United States whom manufacturers and sells electronic recording devices. This solution contains Questions and Solutions to the case study.

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