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QuickLinks to the United States Patent and Trademark Office are located below. Though we are not affiliated with the USPTO, we make it easy to locate the official US patent & trademark office site. The federal government site is far from easy for web-surfers to find as it uses somewhat obscure abbreviations (USPTO), and also known dot.gov domain extension, instead of popular dot.com extension.

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Exactly What Are Trademarks Servicemarks, Patents & Copyrights?

It's somewhat common to get patents, copyrights, trademarks and servicemarks confused. Although there are similarities among these various types of intellectual property protection, they are also quite different and serve different purposes and functions.

What Is a Patent?

governmentA patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The term of a new patent is 20-yrs from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. US patent grants are effective only within the US, US territories, and US possessions.

The right given by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. What is granted is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.

Exactly what Is a Trademark or Servicemark?

A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device which is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. A servicemark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product.

The terms "trademark" and "mark" are commonly used to refer to both trademarks and servicemarks.

Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark. Trademarks which are used in interstate or foreign commerce may be registered with the Patent and Trademark Office. The trademark registration procedure for trademarks and general information concerning trademarks is described in a separate pamphlet entitled "Basic Facts about Trademarks".

What Is a Copyright?

Copyrights are a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies or phono-records of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly.

The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine.

(Excerpted from US Govt General Information Brochure)

Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.

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Please note this website is not affiliated with the Official United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO Office located in the United States, or other nations, or their official government web-site. This name may be in use by other nations of the world using their individual country code name extension and not necessarily always by the U.S. We offers this web-site link as an easy-to-find link to their official website. Typically a government site (The U.S. for example, and some other countries) use a dot-gov name extension instead of the more well known dot-com or dot-org. To avoid any confusion to a government website we have posted a link to the official government website on this page for easy access. However, in the unlikely event a Government Agency determines our use of this name is causing confusion the official government agency or department can receive this domain name at no cost upon their official request, which of course will need to be verified for needed authenticity. Please click-on the link located above for easy and direct access to the U.S. government official USPTO Office, if applicable.

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