Intellectual Property Protection: Determining what is right for your business.

Patent

  • A patent is a grant by the USPTO that prevents others from using the claimed subject matter.  An invention must be novel, non-obvious and comprised of statutory subject matter.

Trademark

  • A trademark is a mark that identifies the origin of a good or service – such as the APPLE logo identifies Apple Inc. as the source of the goods.

Copyright

  • A copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for “original works of authorship”, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations.
  • “Copyright” literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work.
  • Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, title, principle, or discovery. Similarly, names, titles, short phrases, slogans, familiar symbols, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, coloring, and listings of contents or ingredients are not subject to copyright.

References

USPTO Fee Schedule: Provides information and fee rates for products and services provided by the USPTO.