BYOD requires IP protections

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Intellectual property law seems straightforward enough: an employer has the right to works created by employees in the course of their employment. But when employees are producing work on their own time and their own device things become murky, making bring your own device considerations important.

Not only does BYOD make it more difficult for an employer to prove the work was produced during the course of employment, it's more difficult for the employer to find out that those works exist at all, notes an article from Computer Weekly.

One solution, says Computer Weekly, is for employers to draft thorough policies or employment contracts that cover rights to works created outside of normal working hours and on other devices.

"Before allowing any of your employees to set foot in your office with their own devices, draft a comprehensive policy that spells out your requirements for security software, encryption, passwords and intellectual property ownership," recommends a post on the Financial Social Media blog.

Employers may also find choose your own device, or CYOD, a more appealing solution than bring your own device.

"CYOD is really about allowing users to be most productive along with being able to enforce IT security and corporate intellectual property rights," Chad Holstead, president of Plainfield, Ill.-based consultancy Business Knowledge Systems, tells Tech Page One (a Dell blog).

The Financial Social Media blog cites a Government Accountability Office report finding a recent increase in the number of patent lawsuits. The report attributes this to a lack of clear IP rights and an increase in the perceived importance of patents. Without clear policies in place, companies make themselves unnecessarily financially vulnerable.

For more:
- read the Computer Weekly article
- read the Tech Page One blog post
- read the Financial Social Media blog post

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