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steve0
21-01-2003, 02:21 PM
I am having difficulty in understandinthe difference in these three things, please can you give me some pointers to differentiate?

roo
21-01-2003, 02:43 PM
Steve,

Copyright:
Applies to creative work...Protection is automatic if your work is dated and well documented

Patent:
A legal right that allows you to prevent another individual or company for using your idea. It must be technically new, it must involve an innovative step, and it must be your own creation. You need have the patent approved, and it usually takes ages. During this time your patent is "pending" but has some protection

Trade Mark:
Applies to a company name, logo, or anything that represents your company name. Obviously it must unique and not look like another trade mark. Trademarks have to be registered

I hope that this helps
Sam