Online intellectual property services are popular because so many new entrepreneurs and creators have great ideas—but no idea where to start. It’s easy to get them confused, as there are four different kinds: copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, and patents. Unfortunately, that confusion nearly doubles regarding patents and trademarks because so many people we work with require both.
Patents and trademarks both have complex application processes and precise criteria. They are very much a race to see who comes up with an idea first, so you have to be proactive. That means working with experienced, talented attorneys who know the ins and outs of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
A patent is used to protect an invention, process, or design. It gives the party exclusive rights to use, sell or license their creation for 20 years. There is no renewal process for a patent, though it is possible to complete a new patent for.
A trademark is designed to protect a brand name, logo, slogan, or another identifying aspect of your specific product. To obtain federal trademark protection, you have to do interstate commerce and file an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Those apply to artistic works like song lyrics, novels, plays, and even some types of software code. The types of intellectual property described above are mostly handled by the USPTO. Copyrights, on the other hand, are handled by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. ]
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