Unlike traditional intellectual property that involves a creative work, design, or an original process, verification IP (or VIP) is a technical process being used by developers to evaluate system-on-chip design, also known as SoC designs.
SoC Design Process
During the SoC design process, developers utilize verification intellectual property blocks to test designs for kinks in operational protocols and interfaces. It is a distinctly more complex than most standard protocols and enables designers to explore the functionality of their programming and design flow in great detail. Verification IP is becoming increasingly critical to the development process as SoC designs are evolving in their complexity.
It is important to distinguish VIP from traditional intellectual property, as one has very little to do with the other. One helps to ensure that certain that SoC designs function properly, while the other serves as a form of creative work. Some kinds of intellectual property are traditional in nature (books, logos, corporate catch phrases, etc.) while others are less traditional (asexually reproducing plant species, specific ways businesses remain competitive, etc.).
Types of Intellectual Property
There are four primary types of intellectual property. Each is protected via a different kind of legal safeguard. Once properly protected, intellectual property rights may be enforced in court against those who would seek to infringe upon them.
Copyrights protect so-called “works of original authorship.” Traditional creative forms of expression including musical compositions, literary works, many kinds of visual art and architecture are protected via copyright. More recently, the U.S. Copyright Office also accepts the registration of certain original software works for copyright protection. Technically, copyright protection extends to a qualifying work as soon as it is essentially complete. But in order to ensure that copyright protections are enforceable against potential infringement, it is important to register copyrighted works with the USCO.
Patents protect reproducible products, processes, designs of manufactured products/processes and some new plant species and hybrids. In order for an inventor or designer to obtain proper patent protection, a detailed non-provisional application must be submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and ultimately approved.
Confidential business information that allows a company its competitive edge is considered a trade secret. The government does not provide a specific mechanism for the protection of trade secrets, so companies generally guard against potential infringement through binding non-disclosure agreements or contractual clauses.
Trademark protection helps to safeguard words, designs, logos and other ad-related elements that help to distinguish one company and its products from competitors. Like patents, trademarks must be secured by filing detailed applications with the USPTO.
Intellectual Property Assistance Is Available
If you have questions about intellectual property or are interested in safeguarding rights to your creative work, please consider working with an experienced intellectual property lawyer at LawTrades. We help both businesses and individuals with all of their intellectual property needs. From registering copyrights and drafting non-disclosure agreements to applying for patents and filing infringement claims, we are passionate about what we do. Creative work is uniquely important and deserves proper legal protection. Please reach out to LawTrades today so that we can assist you in obtaining safeguards for your inventions, designs and/or creations.