What is the patent/ Trademark process?

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    Patent, trademark and copyright are all ways to protect intellectual property.

    A patent protects an invention - like the typewriter, or a new medical device, or what have you.

    A trademark protects a name and/or symbol used in commerce to identify goods or services - like the name Coca-Cola, or the McDonald's golden arches.

    Copyright protects a work, like a book, movie or recording.

    There are government web sites which explain more, but if you want to make a filing (especially for patent) I would advise you to get an attorney specializing in the area.

    Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Long, complicated and expensive. You'll need a good patent attorney to guide you through it, though if you go to the US Patent Office's website, they do explain the process.

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