Computer software programs and apps may be protected by a number of different forms of IP protection, but the two most significant types are patent and copyright. However, the scope of protection provided by the patent and copyright laws is significantly different.
An election year offers both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to engage on the issues they care about in a number of ways, whether by speaking out on those particular issues or by engaging political candidates. However, any type of organization that becomes involved in an election campaign needs to be aware that political involvement is a highly regulated activity at the federal, state and even local levels.
A patent claim can be thought of as a “recipe” for making a product that infringes the patent. Just as a recipe sets forth a list of ingredients and the manner in which the ingredients are to be combined to make a cake, a patent claim sets forth a list of elements and the relationships between the elements in a product that will infringe the patent.