How do copyrights, trademarks, and patents differ?

Trademark: means to protect your brand name as well as market goodwill of your brand value. Trademarks indicate the origin of business and typically are things such as words, names, symbols, sounds, or colors that distinguish goods and services from those manufactured or sold by others and indicate the source of goods.

Copyright: means to protect their matter which you want to publish likes in books, artistic work, movies, and songs. Copyrights protect “literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual property works.” Things like books, audio, video materials, painting, and photographs, typically fall under copyright protection.

Patent: means innovation of a new idea.

Sometimes a fancy logo might get copyright and trademark protection. There are other differences too. Trademarks technically can be enforced forever, as long as they’re continued to be used as an origin of goods or services, while copyrights generally last the life of the author, plus 70 years. there are other differences too, but these are the main ones.

The patents are exclusive property rights for 20 years granted by the USPTO (Patent and Trademark the United States) and also in the UK to the “inventors” of new and unique inventions. As a patent owner, you have the right to exclude others from the reproduction, use, or sale of your patented invention.

Most patents in the United States and the UK are utility patents that protect “new and useful processes, machines, articles of manufacture, or compositions of matter, or any new and useful enhancements thereof.” To get a patent, you will essentially have to demonstrate to the USPTO that your invention is useful, novel, and not obvious.

It is the same as Honda Accord and Car. All Honda Accords are cars, however, not all cars are Honda Accords. Similarly, patents are a form of intellectual property. There are many other types of Intellectual Property such as Copyright, Trademark, Trade Secret, Designs, Geographical Indication, Appellation of Origin, and a few more.

Different types of IP rights are given for different types of intellectual property generated. For example, a person who has a recipe for Chicken curry cannot be given a Patent. He can get a trade secret or geographical indication protection. Similarly, a technology invention is given patent protection.

Simply, they are related to Intellectual Property law. Copyright is an exclusive right belonging to the owner of the content. Maybe the copyright owner is different from the author of the work. Trademark is the symbol or the sign of a product that indicates a special material. By publishing an enabling disclosure of an invention, the patent owner is granted the legal right to exclude others from making, using, or selling it for a limited period of time.

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