Intellectual Property: Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks

Understanding Intellectual Property

When dealing with the intellectual property of others, laws can get tricky. You might have questions, such as

What is the difference between a patent and a trademark?

A patent protects a system, process, or product -- it basically ensures that no one else can use your idea to make money. Even if someone else were to offer the same thing, with a different name. If your product is unique enough, a patent would protect the basic concept behind it.

A trademark, on the other hand, protects the identity of your product. A name, a logo, a color -- anything that represents your brand or product.

What is copyright?

Copyright is the right of content creators to copy, recreate, and distribute their work. For the most part, copyright applies to video, audio, and print media.

Which One To Use?

Laws on intellectual property can be tricky -- if in doubt, it is best to always consult with an attorney.