As more and more computer-based products and services become available to global markets, intellectual property (IP) protection of user interfaces (UIs) appears likely to become more challenging. IP protection for UIs was once a hot topic in the CHI community and a CHI 1989 plenary panel debated the topic. Professor Pamela Samuelson, chair of that panel and now a teacher of IP protection at the University of California at Berkeley, tutored and lectured at CHI conferences. Lately, however, the topic appears to have dropped from the attention of designers just as the Internet has made it easier to copy…
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