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If you invented useful item, designed a new computer program or came up with the unique business idea, you may be wondering if you should apply for a patent. Maybe you are unsure what process entails, how much applying for a patent costs, and if you are likely to be successful.
To protect your intellectual property is protected from patent or trademark infringement is to register your invention or idea with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A patent or trademark is the best way to ensure no one can copy your work and make money off of your labor.
A trademark protects words, music, names, symbols, sounds, colors or other goods and services that are not manufactured. You don’t have to get a trademark, but it will protect your work from trademark infringement. Trademarks are issued by the USPTO and last for years.
A patent is issued to for inventions and other unique items that have value. Basically, a patent is a license issued to an inventor giving them exclusive rights to manufacture and sell an item, but they must disclose their item to the public. When a patent is issued for an item, no one else can use that invention, recreate it or try to patent it.
Patents are temporary or long-term. A temporary patent is issued for one year to give an inventor time to refine their invention and get the data they need to complete the application process.
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