Ethics and Intellectual Property Essay

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Intellectual property is known as intangible property, or the product of human ingenuity and it is protected by law (Colorado State University-Global Campus, 2014). It was important to the founding fathers of the United States to ensure legal protection of intellectual property, and so the Copyright Clause was added as Article 1, section 8, of the Constitution. This clause authorizes Congress to pass laws to protect intellectual property and to allow the government to create a special kind of monopoly around intellectual property. Though this clause only addresses copyrights and patents, modern intellectual law includes trademarks and trade secrets. The monopolies can only be granted for a limited time and only to “promote the progress …show more content…
For several years, many of our friends and colleagues carried two phones: one for typing and correspondence and an iPhone for virtually everything else." Though the second type of phone alluded to alongside the iPhone is not named, BlackBerry is claiming that it is easy to identify their phone as being referenced. The phone company says it is flattered that others show desire to graft their keyboards into their own phone and case designs, but will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation for using their intellectual property and technological innovations. Considering the financial situation in which BlackBerry finds itself, where the company accounts for less than 0.5% of smartphone sales, the infringement by Typo on the physical keyboard design is a major hit to the company. The struggling company had put itself up for sale, but then decided to revamp the company and fired the Chief Executive Officer instead. The new CEO believes that the physical keyboard could power the comeback of the company. If other phone and phone case designs are able to use a physical keyboard in their design without compensation to BlackBerry, it would kill the power that the new CEO is counting on (Rodriguez, 2014). According to Global Ethics University (2010), intellectual property ethics means that companies act responsibly and respect a competitor’s IP by not accessing it without proper

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