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Patents, Trademarks, or Copyrights- What Are The Differences

I often encounter people mixing up these three types of intellectual property rights. Patents generally protect inventions. There is a utility patent to protect the functional features of an invention and a design patent to protect the ornamental features or appearance of an invention. Trademarks generally protect words (e.g. brand names), phrases (e.g. slogans), symbols or designs (e.g. logos) that identify the source of a product or service. Trademarks identifying the service provider are also referred to as service marks. Copyrights generally protect an original artistic work or literary work.

If you need assistance in protecting your intellectual property, call Roland Tong, at 949-298-6867 or email Mr. Tong at [email protected]. Mr. Tong has been obtaining patent, trademark, and copyright protections for his clients since 2001. He has represented a wide range of clients from start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of industries.