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What is the Difference Between a Trademark, Copyright and Patent?

A trademark is comprised of words, symbols, designs and/or colors which identify the source of the goods or services. Trademark protection can last for an indefinite period of time.

A copyright is obtained to protect an original creation or authorship of a work that is fixed in some type of tangible medium. The general rule is that copyright protection will last for the life of the author or creator plus an additional 70 years.

A patent protects one’s invention. Patent protection will last between 14 – 20 years depending on the type of patent obtained.

Learn More About Obtaining A Trademark

To learn more about trademarks and how they can protect your brand we recommend that you contact our firm at (800) 976-4904.

Brian A. Lincer

by Brian A. Lincer
Business Attorney and Intellectual Property Lawyer in New York and New Jersey

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