Patent and copyright law play a major role in the telecommunications industry. Patents protect innovative, technological inventions. Copyright protects the software. The term "invention" not only applies to equipment or the construction of plants, but also to protocols for the transmission of telecommunication signals, or procedures for controlling the devices.
Patents also play a role in the development of standards or norms for the interoperability of devices. With the establishment of new definitions, patent proprietors who are involved in the standardisation bodies agree to grant licences to their patents to competitors at a reasonable and non-discriminatory price.
When it comes to the final product the choice of a good brand is important to consumers. Nowadays, some of the most valuable brands in the world come from the IT and telecommunications industry. Such trademarks are protected not only by a domain registration, but are also registered with the respective trademark offices.