What Do UI Designers Think About Protecting Their Designs?

  • Aaron Marcus
Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


User interfaces are intellectual property that can be protected. Do designers know what the rules are? Do they care? A survey of professionals looks at what they think.


Intellectual Property Display Screen Intellectual Property Protection Patent Office Design Community 
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Thanks to Mr. Hirokazu Kobayashi, deputy director of the JPO, for allowing me to publish information from the survey on current UI designers. Also, my appreciation to the respondents, who granted me permission to use their names and statements in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron Marcus
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  1. 1.Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc.BerkeleyUSA

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