Application of Intellectual Property Rights to the Space Industry

The Soviet Union had launched the first man made satellite on October 4, 1957, that is Sputnik, into Earth’s orbit.[1] Twenty three years later, in 1980, there were 1,058 satellites in orbit and fifty-two other satellites divided between lunar and solar/planetary orbits.[2] Currently, there are several major satellite communications projects planned which will put hundreds …

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