What Is The Difference Between Copyright, and Patent?

What Is The Difference Between Copyright, and Patent?

Copyrights and patents are both protections created to prevent intellectual property from being copied, used illegally or sold by unauthorized parties. There is often confusion on the difference between the two. A patent protection will be more expensive than a copyright protection. In fact, an item can be copyrighted on www.legalcentral.com.

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Aside from the cost, there are other differences between a copyright and patent.

A copyright is:
• A protection on intellectual property
• Usually the life of the author plus 70 years (can be renewed)
• Examples include songs, movies, photos, books, etc
• A protection that begins as soon as the work is created.
• A claim that the item can not be used without the author’s permission

Patent is:
• Is a protection on an invention, a “new and useful” process, device or method.
• A property grant issued to intellectual property owners
• A right to exclude others from making, using or selling the invention
• Protection for 20 years (can be renewed)
• Examples include newest mouse trap, Mac Computer,
• Begins once the patent is issued.

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This entry was posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 3:16 pm and is filed under Copyright.

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