Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 9 years ago

What's the difference between patent, copyright, trademark, etc? So many legal terms, just confused?

Thanks :)

5 Answers

  • sturms
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    A copyright calls for no registration or prices; you only placed some thing like "Copyright (C) John Doe, 2008" in a conspicuous position close to the starting up of your record. Copyrights are solid for a lengthy time period, reckoning on even if it really is man or woman or company. Copyrights are proper for books, musical compositions, and different inventive works. a hallmark ought to be registered; there's a value. so some distance as i understand, those are solid indefinitely. emblems are solid for company emblems. A patent ought to be utilized for; there's a important value. Patents are solid for 17 years from the time of issuance. Patents provide unique use of the patented gadget or technique in the course of the time period of the patent.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Chuck.. I will assume you read all the above answers but I wanted to add the Provisional Patent Application to add to your learning queue!

    Do you know about the Provisional Patent Application? It only costs $125 and was designed by Congress to give individual inventors a chance at bringing their inventive ideas to market easily. It is SUPER EASY to do..

    To see the top 10 reasons to file a Provisional Patent Application please watch the second video in this blog.

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    Of course you could ALSO just go to the US Patent Office and figure out how to file a patent yourself. Here is the link..

    The flow chart there is pretty nice to give you an idea how to do what you want to do!

    Their patent search is hard to use and you need special programs to look at the patents… Instead, consider using Google Patent Search!

    Here is how you can use Google Patent Search to search for an "Oscillating inertial microbalance"

    Just type the term you want to search for in the search box. Play with MANY variants of your inventive idea.

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    Remember... Patents are MOSTLY "Improvements" on other inventions.. So, while you may see something SIMILAR to your inventive idea it does not mean that you cannot patent your IMPROVEMENT.. Example... A tire is an IMPROVEMENT on a wagon wheel. A radial biased ply tire is an IMPROVEMENT on a non radial biased tire. There are over 10,000 patents on tires... Nearly every single one is an improvement!

    And… a special gift for you is a sample Non Disclosure (also called an NDA) that you would have folks sign when you show them your inventive idea. You can change it up and use others but if you have NOTHING now it is a very good start written by my lawyer who charged me a TON for it!

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  • Robert
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Inventions are patented, written (and maybe visual and music?) works are copyrighted, and brand names are trademarked.

    But this is from memory, and there may be nuances with the trademark part.

  • 9 years ago

    So many general dictionary and law dictionary websites that I'm just confused as to why you can't use 'em. Are you a Bradypus?

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  • Pat
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    you have posted this question in FOUR categories.

    Now I have a question for you,


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