Express Protection: Utilizing Design Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks

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Know the Differences and Protect Your Idea

· A design patent protects any new, original and ornamental design for a useful article of manufacture. Design Patents are very popular among companies. These cover things like graphical user interfaces, icons on computer screens, smartphone and tablet designs, and any other characteristics that are ornamental in nature. A standard utility patent protects an item’s processes or function, and a design patent protects its looks and form.

· A copyright protects any original work of authorship that has been fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.

· A trademark protects a word, phrase, symbol or trade dress associated with your business. The moment you name your business and use it in commercial practice, or develop trade dress, a brand or the like, you can mark it as ™ or, if you register it, an ®.

If you would to find out more about any of these forms of Intellectual Property, please call us at 212-837-2600 for a free consultation.

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