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J. Christopher Lynch

is a partner in the intellectual property law firm Lee & Hayes PC with his practice in intellectual property licensing and litigation. Chris is also an adjunct professor teaching intellectual property law classes at Gonzaga University School of law and the University of Idaho College of Law. Chris has his undergraduate engineering and law degrees from the University of Washington.

Recent Articles by J. Christopher Lynch

Copyrights Help SMEs Bring Their Ideas to Market – Especially if They’re Registered

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.