Copyright protection subsists in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Works of authorship include the following categories: literary works; musical works, including any accompanying words; dramatic works, including any accompanying music; pantomimes and choreographic works; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and architectural works.
A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or design, or any combination thereof, used in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from those of another and to indicate the source of the goods. A mark used to distinguish the services provided by one person or company from services provided by others is called a service mark. Service marks serve the same purposes as trademarks, but they are used to identify services rather than goods.
A patent grants the patent holder the exclusive right to exclude others from making, using, importing, and selling the patented innovation for a limited period of time. Categories for patentable subject matter are broadly defined as any process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or improvement thereof. However, laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable.
Information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to or readily ascertainable through appropriate means by other persons who might obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.
Stanley J. Gradisar
Since 1997 I have been providing a broad range of high quality intellectual property legal services to a wide range of clients, including both businesses and individuals, in Colorado and throughout the nation. If you need a patent lawyer for securing a patent on your invention, negotiating a license or contract, applying for a trademark or copyright, I will act on your behalf, aggressively and competently, to get you the results you need for your future success.