Copyright protects written or recorded material such as literature, documents, art, photographs, sculpture and three-dimensional works, music and sound recordings, films and broadcasts, databases.
Designs protect the visual appearance or eye appeal of products and can be used to stop others from copying your designs.
Patents protect the technical and functional aspects of products and processes and can now be obtained for software products.
Trade Marks protect names and signs that can distinguish the goods and services of one trader from those of another.
However, Intellectual Property also covers know-how (trade secrets), confidential information, database rights, privacy laws, geographical indications, performers’ rights and so on. Often, more than one type of Intellectual Property may apply to the same creation as you can read from this post – how to patent an idea with InventHelp.
When you want to protect a novel invention so that you can exploit it in the marketplace, you need the law of patent in order to create a legal monopoly. In order to be represented in submitting your invention application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), your representative must be registered to practice before the USPTO.
When you want to protect your business name, a name you market goods or services under or a phrase you use to sell something with, you are in the area of trademark law. If you’re new to this area, you might want to look at trademark tips on how to patent something with InventHelp article, which goes into a little more detail with some helpful suggestions.
Copyright law will protect any creative work which is fixed in a tangible medium of expression, e.g. printed text, digital text, graphics, artwork, photographic images, video, film and audio recordings. Copyright is federal law and does not protect ideas, methods and procedures, or short terms and phrases.