Under UK copyright law, computer programmes are protected on the same basis as literary works, so whoever created the code owns the first copyright in it.
A Patent provides valuable protection but the Intellectual Property Office has strict rules about what can and cannot be granted a Patent.
Do companies own the copyright in the things that their workers create?
It is a tough moment in business when you discover that somebody has copied your product, stolen your invention or has imitated or used your logo so that they can trade on your good name.
Creative products and inventions are significant assets in many organisations and are a major factor when valuing a business. The more you can do to protect them, the better.
“Copyright” is intellectual property that can be owned, bought and sold just like any other property. Exploiting it can be very lucrative so understanding the ownership of it is vital.