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Q:What is a Patent?

A:A patent is a government granted right given to inventors in respect of an invention. The invention is described in a document called a "patent" which is issued to the inventors by the government. A patent gives the inventors the right to exclude others from making, using, importing, or selling the invention described in the patent for a limited period of time in the country in which the patent has been issued. The invention must be sufficiently described in the patent so that a person skilled in the art of the invention could readily reproduce the invention when the period of exclusivity is over. Patents are one form of intellectual property. Typically a patent includes one or more claims that define the invention. Novelty, usefulness, and non-obviousness are required to obtain a patent.

Q:What is a Trademark?

A:A trademark is a sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular individual or company. Trademarks for goods are usually displayed on a package, label, invoice, or on the product itself. Trademarks for services are typically displayed in signs or advertising. Trademarks can consist of words, designs, logos, sounds, smells, or anything that distinguishes the goods or services of the trademark owner from others.

Q:What is a copyright?

A:Copyright is a legal right created by law that grants the creator of a "work" exclusive rights to its use and distribution for a period of time. Copyright is a form of intellectual property. A "work" may be an artistic work, musical work, literary work, and other types or forms of creative content.