Intellectual Property: Did You Know…?
Did you know that, along with possible copyright protection, a database may attract a separate intellectual property right known as database right?
In legal terms a database is defined as “a collection of independent works, data or other materials which are arranged in a systematic or methodical way and are individually accessible by electronic or other means”. Such a database (e.g. a customer database) may attract database right protection if there has been “a substantial investment in obtaining, verifying or presenting” the content of the database.
It is important for businesses to know about this kind of right as databases are often economically significant and contain valuable commercial information.
If you have any questions about database right or Intellectual Property in general, please contact Emma Hayward.