A patent is an Intellectual Property right which protects an inventor’s new products and methods. A patent is granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and gives inventors the right to keep others from making, using, selling or importing the invention without the inventor’s permission. There are utility patents, design patents and plant patents.


A trademark or service mark is a word, name, symbol, device, sound or any combination of these used to identify and distinguish the goods or services of an individual or business from those of others and to indicate the source of the goods or services. Federal registration of a trademark provides certain advantages to the owner of the mark including public notice of the registrant’s claim of ownership, legal presumption of nationwide ownership of the mark and the exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods or services listed in the registration.


Copyright is the legal protection of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works. The Copyright Laws give the owner of the copyright certain exclusive rights, including the right to reproduce the work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies of the work to the public, perform the work publicly and display the work publicly.