When it comes to intellectual property, there are three different ways that you can protect this. These include the following:

*Patents

*Trademarks

*Copyrights

When it comes to all three methods, there are certain limitations that apply. For instance, patents apply to specific product designs; trademarks apply to names, symbols, or phrases; copyrights apply to written documents.

Copyrights are designed to protect the following works:

*Literary

*Musical

*Dramatic

*Pantomime/choreographic

*Graphic/pictorial/sculptural

*Motion pictures

*Sound recordings

*Architectural

*Computer programs

Copyright protection explicitly provides the copyright holder with the right to copy, modify, distribute, perform, and publicly display any of their work. The only things that are not covered under copyright protection are concepts and ideas.

In terms of patents, the following guidelines apply in order for something to qualify for protection:

*The work must be novel

*The work must be non-obvious

*The work must be useful

Trademarks, meanwhile, are similar to brand names in the sense that they use words and symbols that represent a particular product in order to both identify and distinguish it from other similar products throughout the market.

Trademarks can be registered in the following three ways:

*Filing a “use” application once the trademark has been used

*Filing an “intent to use” application prior to the trademark being used

*Relying on foreign applications where they can be used.

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