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  • A copyright protects original works that fall under the categories of literature, dramatic, musical, artistic, and intellectual. A patent for an invention grants a property right to the inventor that will prevent anyone else from making, using, or selling an invention.
  • patents are for inventions or processes and copyright is for intellectual property like visual and written works
  • A Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly. The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine. Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the Patent and Trademark Office. The term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. US patent grants are effective only within the US, US territories, and US possessions. The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the invention in the United States or "importing" the invention into the United States. What is granted is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.
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  • A patent is for an "invention", and offers protection even from similar but not identical things. For instance, if someone were to patent Romeo and Juliet, the musical West Side Story would infringe the patent, but would not infringe the copyright. . Unfortunately, patents are often used to prevent competition, especially when they are applied to software products.

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