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    What is the difference between a patent, a copyright, and a trademark?

Patents: Any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.
For example: a new type of plastic or the method of making that new type of plastic.

Copyrights: A copyright is given to the author of an “original work of authorship” that is fixed in a tangible medium.
For example: novels, photographs, plays, movies, songs, etc.

Trademarks: A trademark is a symbol, word, or combination of the two, that is used by consumers to identify the source of goods or services.
For example: Nike (and the “swish” logo), Apple (and the bitten apple logo), Facebook, etc.

1. What is a patent?
2. How long does a patent last?
3. What is a “priority date” and why is it so important?
4. Do I have to register to get patent protection?
5. I’ve filed my own trademarks and copyrights. Why shouldn’t I file my own patent?
6. What is a PCT-International application?
7. I already have something to patent! What should I expect?
8. Can you help me file a patent or respond to a legal notice I have received?

1. What is a trademark?
2. How long does a trademark last?
3. What is genericization of a mark?
4. How can I determine if someone is infringing on my mark?
5. How do I choose a strong mark?
6. I am making or already have a mark to register! What should I expect?
7. Can you help me file a trademark or respond to a legal notice I have received?

1. What is a copyright?
2. What can be copyrighted?
3. What can’t be copyrighted?
4. How long does a copyright last?
5. What rights does a copyright owner have?
6. Do I have to register in order get copyright protection?
7. I have sold my work and the new owner is changing it in a way I don’t approve of! Do I have any rights?
8. Can you help me file a copyright or respond to a legal notice I have received?

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