Constructed languages, like everything, is an intellectual property, and most countries worldwide do care about protecting the rights of the owners.
If I'm about to create a new conlang, should I consider any existing patents?
My common sense suggests me that something is obvious here:
- entirely copying someone else's writing system would certainly constitute a copyright infringement;
- lots of things are public domain, e.g. SVO/OVS clause order or the Latin alphabet;
…but I'm totally lost about the case if some aspect(s) of existing works can be incidentally copied or deliberately borrowed.
Where should I start here?