Difference Between A Copyright And A Patent

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jun 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: What is the difference between a copyright and a patent? Question Detail: I have a novel that I want to make sure doesn't get “stolen” by anyone. Should I file for a patent? What is the difference between a copyright and a patent? Do I need a lawyer to get a patent or a copyright?

Answer: A copyright protects expressions of an idea, while a patent protects new inventions. You should consider obtaining a copyright registration for your novel. This can be done without a lawyer by going to the copyright office website and completing the registration form. www.uscopyright.gov

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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