From Wikipedia: Copyright, patent, and trademark are intellectual property rights.
They protect the rights of authors, inventors, manufacturers, consumers, and other people who own something and want to use it.
Intellectual property protects the creative works of others and is the right to use and control their inventions, designs, inventions’ and designs’ materials, methods, processes, tools, software, or other products.
A work is a unique work of authorship and can be published, broadcast, rewritten, transferred, and licensed, under copyright, trademark, or otherwise, to another person, organization, or institution.
The copyright term of a work is 50 years or less.
The term of protection for a trademark is three years or more.
Patent protection lasts for life, while trademark protection lasts indefinitely.
Each state has its own laws governing intellectual property.
An individual who owns an intellectual property right can sue for the violation of its rights.
The rights of others are protected by copyright and patent laws.
A copyright is a term of copyright that allows a copyright owner to reproduce a work.
The Copyright Act of 1976 protects the rights and interests of authors and authors’ successors.
It is a federal statute, so it applies to all U.S. copyright law.
A trademark is a descriptive name for something that belongs to another, or is used in a manner that distinguishes it from other goods or services, such as a name or logo.
Trademarks are trademarks, not copyrights or trademarks, and do not protect the use of an original product.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1971 that trademarks are not property and that copyright protects them.
Under U.C.L. § 1002, a trademark must include “the mark of the United States,” which means the marks must be distinctive or distinguishable from other marks, such that they are commonly recognized and readily distinguishable.
In addition, trademarks must be limited in their use, be sufficiently distinctive, and must not be used for unfair competition.
This rule is enforced by a federal trademark agency.
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