A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States or other government. Patents are granted in three categories:
- Utility patents protecting an invention/discovery of a new or an improvement of an existing useful process, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter.
- Plant patents granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.
- Design patents granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.
With a patent, the inventor is granted a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States. This should not be mistaken for a right to exercise the invention (perform the process/manufacture an article), which could involve the use of another’s invention and violate their property rights.
A trademark is a brand protection mechanism and an intellectual property associated with your brand. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol (logo), device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services. It assures that the good will associated with your brand is protected. Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark.
We highly recommend applying for a federal trademark registration and offer high quality trademark application and trademark clearance services to assure the protection of your brand.
Copyrights protect “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. Copyrightable works include the following categories:
- literary works
- musical works, including any accompanying words
- dramatic works, including any accompanying music
- pantomimes and choreographic works
- pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
- motion pictures and other audiovisual works
- sound recordings
- architectural works
The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine.
Copyright registration is one of the most efficient mechanisms to protect your intellectual property. We offer a full range of services to assist with your copyright protection needs.
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