Campbell Ritchie wrote:Eery application counts as intellectual property, which belongs to its creator. In the case of something made at work that you are paid to do, the “creator” is the employing company.
Tim Holloway wrote:Bottled water is a product. Water is not an intellectual property.
The design of the bottles would be someone's intellectual property, but the seller of the bottled water often does not make the bottles, and the manufacturer of the bottles uses the IP to produce the bottles, but does not pass any IP on to the bottle purchaser.
Yes, you can go and find water, which already exists and put it into bottles. The concept of a bottle is old enough that it doesn't count as copyrightable nor patentable, but if somebody invents a novel bottle top that might be patentable. That means the designer can demand payment for each top of that design made.
Tim Holloway wrote:Bottled water is a product. . . . .
Campbell Ritchie wrote:... if somebody invents a novel bottle top that might be patentable.
Tim Moores wrote:have you ascertained yet whether that is intellectual property in this case? .