Ask an Attorney - How Can Inventions and Ideas Be Protected Through Intellectual Property Laws?
Patents are used to protect the function or utility of inventions. Trademarks and copyrights also provide ways to protect ideas and other intangible assets. Trademarks are available to protect names, logos and brands. Copyrights are available to protect creative works of authorship such as books or music.
Patent attorneys can work together with you to determine whether your invention can meet the key requirements necessary to obtain the type of patent that may be available for an invention. This video provides an introduction to the different types of patents that are available and the legal protections they can provide for inventions.