Computer Forensics IP Theft
Wikipedia says that Intellectual Property Theft is:
In law, intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term for various legal entitlements which attach to certain types of information, ideas, or other intangibles in their expressed form. The holder of this legal entitlement is generally entitled to exercise various exclusive rights in relation to the subject matter of the IP. The term intellectual property reflects the idea that this subject matter is the product of the mind or the intellect, and that IP rights may be protected at law in the same way as any other form of property. However, the use of the term and the concepts it is said to embody are the subject of some controversy (see below). Intellectual property laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, such that the acquisition, registration or enforcement of IP rights must be pursued or obtained separately in each territory of interest. However, these laws are becoming increasingly harmonies through the effects of international treaties such as the 1994 World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), while other treaties may facilitate registration in more than one jurisdiction at a time. Certain forms of IP rights do not require registration in order to be enforced.
Computer forensics is being seen more and more as the way to prove or disprove intellectual property theft, (or IP Theft).
IP Theft is stealing information or data that doesn’t belong to you. Lets also make sure that we use the word ‘copy’, after all, most people don’t ‘steal’ data, they just copy it so that they can use it themselves.
There are many reasons that this happens, nearly all of them are to do with greed. It could be a manager in a company that thinks that he could set up a company himself to compete with his former employer. It could be a disgruntled employee who sends your clients database to another company ‘just for the hell of it’, it could be a business partner who could be inappropriately charging one company to do the job of his other company and is therefore stealing time and money from the partners company.
Often it is managers and sales executives that take this data, thinking that they can ‘do the job better themselves’. Most often or not, they will end up in court, IF APPROPRIATE ACTION IS TAKEN.
Contacting computer-forensics.co.uk is the right action. By contacting them, you will find out exactly how to manage the incident from initial point of action. The steadfast rules are as follows:
Turn off the computer – by the mains, don’t power it down.
Secure the computer – bag it and lock it away.
CALL COMPUTER FORENSICS ON 01827 50000
Start writing down exactly what you think has been stolen, and note any suspicious activities that you think may have occurred.
Liaise with your contact at Computer-Forensics.
Receive Technical Report and Findings: a detailed explanation of what happened, when, and by who.
If suspicions are proven positive, most cases will simply cease their activities, as they know that with a legally binding document, there will be very little they can do to disprove our findings. If they do not, you, the client, are already in a position to instruct lawyers to start proceedings.