In the laymen world patents, copyrights and trademarks might be used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions small business owners need to know.  All three protect your work, but when and how would you pursue one over the other?

Simply put, patents are for inventions or discoveries; copyright pertains to authorship; and trademark protects your branded image, name and tagline.

The SBA has compiled additional information and resources on how to file with the U.S. Copyright Office or the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Also, join us for an upcoming workshop where Craig Morris of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be presenting Trademark Basics  – in Harrisonburg on February 21, 2014.  Click here to register.

Still have questions on how to protect your intellectual property?  Contact us.