What is patent Trademark and Copyright?

Patent, Copyright, and Trademark – What’s The Difference?  September 15, 2011 – 07:05 pm
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Everyone has a great idea.  Maybe you are a first time inventor who came up with an idea for a new and useful product, process or methodology.  Maybe you are a seasoned business person, and you created a brand name.  You have developed a successful market for your brand, and now you want to protect your brand name and logo.  Maybe you are an entrepreneur, you are about to embark on a business venture, and you came up with an idea for a catchy slogan to market your new products or services.  Or maybe you are a creative writer, a music artist, a filmmaker, or a fashion designer, and you want to protect your artistic work.  Regardless of who you are, you have come up with a valuable idea, and you want to protect that valuable idea.  The question is, how?

There are three categories through which you can protect your valuable idea, or “intellectual property.”  The three categories are patent, trademark, and copyright.  It is important to understand the distinction among these categories, as each of them provides a different scope of protection.  At the same time, it is possible that multiple categories can be embodied in a single product.

Patent

A patent protects the idea, the invention itself.  A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, which in the U.S. is issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).  Contrary to a common misconception, a patent does not give the patent owner the right to use the patented invention.  A patent right is the right to exclude and prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without the patent owner’s permission.  

Source: Tech Startup Lawyer

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