Protecting Your Work: Balancing the Competing Interests of Ownership

by Attison L. Barnes, III, Part.; Gardner, Carton & Douglas, Washington, D.C.,
Jeffrey R. Denman, Asst. Attorney; Gardner, Carton & Douglas, Washington, D.C.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 3, Pg. 52-55


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Your firm has invested days, months—perhaps even years—in its latest project. Your staff have poured their thoughts, ideas, and insights into the creation of a bridge, building, overpass, payload ferring, or other structure. All of this hard work—and the accompanying financial expense—have finally culminated tangibly in the four corners of a drawing, blueprint, or computer program. But who owns all of the hard work represented in these designs? And who owns the right to reproduce the item or structure once built? The answers to these fundamental questions can mean the difference between unfettered marketability of your creative design versus observation of someone else capitalizing on your hard work. This article helps you ensure that you alone reap the rewards of your efforts.

Subject Headings: Legal factors

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