What Is a Patent?
A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the Patent and Trademark Office. This right allows the inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, importing, or selling the invention in the United States.  A new patent may last for 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States.   United States patent grants are effective only within the United States, United States territories, and United States possessions. Read More...

What is a Copyright?
Copyright is a property right given to creators of original works for literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual areas.  The Copyright Act allows the owner of a copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the work, prepare follow-up works (called derivative works) based upon previous works, distribute copies, and display or perform the work. Read More...

What is a Trademark?
A trademark is a word, mark, symbol or device used by a person to identify and distinguish the source of that person’s goods and services from the goods and services of another.  For example, a trademark can be a word (“Nike”), a slogan (“Just Do It”), or a symbol (the Nike swoosh).  Trade dress refers to distinctive product packaging, store décor, product shapes, or the look of a web page. Read More...
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