Copyright Patents Trademark Trade Secret
What’s Protected?  

Original works of authorship, such as books, articles, songs, photographs, sculptures, choreography, sound recordings, motion pictures, and other works.

Inventions, such as processes, machines, manufactures, compositions of matter as well as improvements to these. Any word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information that is not generally known.
Requirements to be Protected  

Work must be original, creative and fixed in a       tangible medium

An invention must be new, useful and nonobvious A mark must be distinctive (i.e., that is, it must be capable of identifying the source of a particular good) A trade secret must not be generally known to the public, confers an economic benefit due to its secret nature, and there must be reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy.
Term of Protection Author’s life plus 70 more years. 20 years For as long as the mark used. For as long as it remains secret
Rights Granted Right to control the reproduction, making of derivative works, distribution and public performance and display of the copyrighted works Right to prevent others from making, selling using or importing the patented invention The right to use the mark and to prevent others from using similar marks in a way that would cause a likelihood-of-confusion about the origin of the goods or services. Right to prevent others from misappropriating, using and disclosing the trade secret.

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