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The term 'background technology' is often used in relation to outsourcing or collaboration agreements, where the parties are working together on a project, but want to ensure that they keep ownership of, and control over, their own intellectual property, which is known as background technology. As a result, parties are often wary of divulging their background technology and know-how to the other parties in the collaboration as they may be competitors. Background technology may include formal IP which is licensed for the use of the venture, and also existing know-how which is being provided to the enterprise, ownership of which may remain with the originating party.
Know-how—protection and licensing
Intellectual property in outsourcing—Practice Note
Contractual joint ventures—Practice Note
Drafting for particular types of contractual joint venture—Practice Note
Copyright is a form of intellectual property protecting artistic or creative works, such as books and other written material, drama, music, art, sound and video recordings, broadcasts and software. Different versions of a work may be protected by different copyrights, eg the book and stage versions of a play. Copyright protects the expression of information or an idea, not the information or idea itself.
Copyright—authorship and ownership
Copyright—protectable works—Practice Note
Introduction to copyright and associated rights—Practice Note
Copyright infringement—Practice Note
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
Copyright and Related Rights
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