Intellectual property lawyers will no doubt be familiar with software licensing agreements. These licence agreements control the use and reproduction of software through a combination of contract law, copyright and trade secrecy. Where the method implemented by the software is novel, inventive and useful, patent rights may also be involved. For the most part, these agreements will entail exclusive rights vesting in a developer, a team of developers or the software distributor. This is typically referred to as a proprietary licence.
- Intellectual property
- Software licensing agreements
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