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WHAT IS A TRADEMARK?

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A Trademark is a protected intellectual property that identifies and distinguishes a company or product. It can be words, phrases, symbols or designs. A Servicemark is essentially the same as a trademark, but it identifies the source of a service instead of the product. The rules and protection are the same for both trademarks and service marks. In this section the term trademark refers to both. (Examples of trademarks include the Yahoo yodel for Yahoo.com, the Mercedes Benz emblem, and the Nike swoosh.)

Basic Facts About Trademarks.


WHAT IS A PATENT?


Patents protect inventor’s rights to their invention for 20 years (excluding certain circumstances.) Its protection only extends to the US and its territories and protects the inventor from other people or companies from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the US. It also stops companies from importing another product that would conflict with the issued patent.

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