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