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A U.S. patent application is filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in order to obtain a grant of a patent for the invention described and claimed. For example, a U.S. patent confers to the patent owner “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” and its territories and possessions.
Types of Patent Applications
- Non-Provisional Patent Application
- Provisional Patent Application
- Design Patent Application
- Plant Patent Application
A U.S. Trademark Application is filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Law Office in order to obtain a federally registered trademark. A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product.
Types of Trademark Applications
- Actual Use
- Intent to Use
A U.S. Copyright registration is obtained by filing a copyright application with the U.S. Copyright Office. A federally registered copyright is a grant of exclusive rights guaranteed by the United States government to a work of authorship such as musical works, written works, performance works, or visual works. The duration of a U.S. Copyright varies depending upon who created the work (i.e., an individual or corporation) and upon when the work was created. For example, works created after 1978 are extended copyright protection for a term ending 70 years after the death of the author.
Exclusive Rights Granted By Copyrights
- The exclusive right to reproduce the work
- The exclusive right to prepare derivative works such a translations and abridged versions
- The exclusive right to distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or rental
- The exclusive right to perform the work publicly such as for music, plays, dances, pantomimes, and motion pictures
- The exclusive right to display the work publicly such as for paintings, sculptures, or photographs
A copyright only protects you from others who may copy your work. If someone independently creates the same work, without knowing of your work, both of you could potentially obtain a copyright of your independently created works.
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