Background Note | HBS Case Collection | September 1996 (Revised December 2000)

Protection of Intellectual Property in the United States, The

by Myra M. Hart and Howard G. Zaharoff


Presents an overview of U.S. laws/systems in place to safeguard intellectual property rights. Includes a brief history of the development of the laws. Attention is given to patents, licenses, copyrights, trade secrets, trade and service markets, and non-disclosure and non-compete agreements.

Keywords: Trademarks; Patents; Copyright; Laws and Statutes; Agreements and Arrangements; United States;


Hart, Myra M., and Howard G. Zaharoff. "Protection of Intellectual Property in the United States, The." Harvard Business School Background Note 897-046, September 1996. (Revised December 2000.)