Many people confuse patents, trademarks and copyright. A patent is protection for a new product that incorporates a unique design or invention. A trademark is used to protect a name from being used by others. A copyright is used to protect intellectual property. While an idea itself cannot be protected under any of these methods, a tangible execution of an idea can be. Copyright protection can protect a website from copyright infringement. Let’s take a closer look at copyright protection for your website:
- If you want to patent your website you will need to visit the US Patent and Trademark website. You will be required to show proof of an invention or concept that distinctly belongs to you. This invention or concept will need to be fully realized on the website. It needs to be something that would result in a financial loss to you if infringed upon by another party. You will need to apply for the patent and submit tangible proof in order to receive a patent for your website.
- Apply for a copyright at the United States Copyright Office. You can also apply electronically on their website. While it is best to copyright your entire website you can copyright specific articles, images or other intellectual property as well.
- Apply for a trademark on the name of your website by visiting the US Patent and Trademark website. You will need to search the website to make sure that the name you have chosen isn’t already trademarked. You can apply for a trademark only if the name you wish to register is so unique and well known that the use of it by anyone else could infringe upon your financial security.
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