Inventions are always being created for all industries, and eventually they lead to new products for businesses and consumers. And, while the process of creating an invention may be tedious, going through the proper channels to secure patents and copyrights ensures that only the best will go from the drawing board into the hands of the consumer. Many government offices and regulatory organizations also help bring them to life.
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)The Patent Cooperation Treaty is an agreement between contracting states that offers national and international patent protection for inventions with a reduction in the cost of filing multiple applications.
CopyrightA copyright is issued on a piece of intellectual property. This gives the copyright holder exclusive rights to use and distribute this property for a specific amount of time.
U.S. Copyright Office provides all of the laws and policies regarding filing for a copyright, what type of property can have a copyright and how violators of copyrights can be punished.
Design patentA design patent is a patent on the specific shape and size of an object.
Intellectual propertyIntellectual property encompasses the creations of the mind, including music, literature, ideas and designs.
Intellectual Property Owners Association offers resources and information on intellectual property laws and court rulings throughout the United States and abroad.
Patent royaltiesA royalty is a specific amount of money issued to the holder of intellectual property. This money is earned through licensing of the intellectual property to an entity for a specific amount of time. Patent royalties are paid when an infringement on the patent is apparent.
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)The United States Patent and Trademark Office is the government agency that reviews invention ideas and issues patents based upon a number of standards.
United States Patent and Trademark Office provides general information on obtaining a patent from its office.