WHAT IS A TRADEMARK?
United States Patent and Trademark
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.