Basic Distinctions Between Patents, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and Trademarks



There are four general areas of legal protection available for the exploitation of intellectual property. These four areas are: (1) patents, (2) copyrights, (3) trade secrets, and (4) trademarks. The area or areas available for protecting any particular type of intellectual property will depend upon the specific type under consideration.


Copyright Protection Trade Secret Basic Distinction Federal Statute Design Patent 
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