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Intellectual Property Rights in Computer Programs in the USA and Germany

Klaus Lodigkeit

The author provides an overview and comparison of software protection law in two countries whose technological expertise had important influence on the digital information age – the United States and Germany. The book shows software protections under trade secrets, copyright law and patent law in the USA and Germany and also the interaction of these laws in both countries. It is a contribution to the field of comparative computer software law and will be helpful to lawyers who advise software owners and developers for the German and American markets. It is also helpful to lawyers unfamiliar with intellectual property law in general, who wish to understand the fundamental concepts of these laws for computer software.
Contents: Software protections under trade secrets – Copyright law and patent law in the USA and Germany – Interaction of these laws in both countries – Comparison of intellectual property laws of both countries.