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Protecting Intellectual Property: Understanding Indiana's IC 35-43-1-7


Intellectual property is a valuable asset, and unauthorized access, modification, or disclosure can lead to severe legal consequences. If you find yourself facing charges related to an offense against intellectual property in Indiana, it's crucial to understand the implications and seek the assistance of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.


At B. Hicks Law, we specialize in criminal defense, and our team of experienced attorneys is well-versed in the nuances of Indiana law. In this blog, we'll discuss Indiana Code 35-43-1-7 - a statute that addresses offenses against intellectual property.


What is IC 35-43-1-7?


Indiana Code 35-43-1-7 pertains to offenses against intellectual property. According to this statute, a person can be charged with a Level 6 felony if they knowingly or intentionally, without authorization, engage in any of the following activities:

  1. Modifying Data, a Computer Program, or Supporting Documentation: If an individual alters data, a computer program, or any supporting documentation without permission, they may be subject to legal consequences.

  2. Destroying Data, a Computer Program, or Supporting Documentation: Unauthorized destruction of data, computer programs, or supporting documentation is a violation of this statute.

  3. Disclosing or Taking Data, a Computer Program, or Supporting Documentation: When a person discloses or takes data, a computer program, or supporting documentation that qualifies as a trade secret or is otherwise confidential as provided by law, it's considered an offense against intellectual property.

Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

The statute makes a specific reference to "trade secrets" as defined in IC 24-2-3-2. A trade secret typically includes any information that provides a business with a competitive advantage and is not generally known or readily ascertainable by others who can derive economic value from its disclosure.

Additionally, this statute extends its coverage to information that is confidential according to other applicable laws.


The Consequences of Violating IC 35-43-1-7


Offenses against intellectual property under IC 35-43-1-7 are classified as Level 6 felonies in Indiana. A Level 6 felony is a serious charge, and if convicted, the consequences can be severe, including imprisonment and fines.


How Can B. Hicks Law Help?


If you or someone you know is facing charges related to offenses against intellectual property under IC 35-43-1-7, it's crucial to consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney. B. Hicks Law has a team of experienced lawyers who can provide you with the legal guidance and representation you need during this challenging time.


Our attorneys have a deep understanding of Indiana's criminal laws and will work diligently to protect your rights and advocate for the best possible outcome in your case.


Don't wait to seek legal counsel when facing allegations related to intellectual property offenses. Contact B. Hicks Law today for a confidential consultation and let us help you navigate the complexities of the legal system. Your future may depend on it.


For more information, contact us to discuss your case and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Your rights, freedom, and reputation are our top priorities, and we are here to fight for you.

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