Attorney Bassinger's book will not replace more substantial offerings such as Stephen Fishman's Software Development: A Legal Guide (Nolo, 1994). No one book, however, does it all. Bassinger's contribution includes a more detailed section on trademarks than Fishman's, current developments in the law, reproducible copyright and trademark forms, and the toll-free number to the Patent and Trademark Office. Bassinger's comfortable style is unburdened by "legalese." His overview provides the heaviest coverage for copyright, trademark, and contract options, with shorter chapters on patents and trade secrets. The author tracks a trademark application from filling in the form to registration (complete with time frames) and beyond. Even though more actual examples would have been a plus, this book is well suited to the individual entrepreneur or software developer and a good choice for libraries serving that clientele.Johanna Johnson, Dallas P.L.,
This reference guide shows software developers how to file registration forms and take advantage of state and federal laws to provide legal protection for their software. Attorney Bassinger explains how to use contracts, and obtain copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secret protection. Copyright and trademark forms, and contract forms for custom software development, network licenses, confidentiality, the assignment of intellectual property rights, and software distribution are appended to the text and included in a 3.5<"> diskette. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.