is the Chief Intellectual Property Officer of IPwe. She is a woman inventor, SME founder and IP attorney, and is honored to provide information about U.S. copyright registration and IP strategies for high technology SMEs in her imminent book, titled “Intellectual Property Protect: Your Personal Playbook For Cost-Efficient IP Strategies” (2021).
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Discussion around intellectual property strategies for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often focus chiefly on patent and trademarks. But the benefits of copyright to a small business should not be underestimated. Copyrights protect the expression of ideas in works that are tangible. Copyrightable subject matter is very broad—all “original works of authorship, fixed in a tangible medium” are protected immediately from creation. The U.S. Copyright Office lists these categories as subject to copyright protection: literary works, musical works, performing arts, visual arts, other digital content (including computer software code), motion pictures, photographs, sound recordings, and architectural works. 17 U.S.C. Section 102.