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REVISION CARDS - COPYRIGHT, REGISTERED TRADEMARK AND PATENTS
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WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?
Copyright aims to protect people, companies and organisations that produce creative and artistic work.
An author can claim copyright protection for his/her books or a song writer can protect his/her songs.
In order to claim copyright, it is essential that the work you are trying to protect is completely your own.
Copyright law covers many areas including; Literature, Drama, Music, Art, Layouts, Recordings, Broadcasts.
A trademark is a symbol/sign that identifies your products or services.
A trademark can be words or pictures or a combination of both. A fee is paid to the Intellectual Property Office, who decide whether a symbol/logo can be regarded as a protected trademark. Often trademarks are used to advertise products or services. A trademark must be distinctive and distinguish your goods from those of other traders/manufacturers. It must not be confused with other trademarks. A registered trademark is denoted by ®.
WHAT IS A PATENT?
A patent protects a person or company that invents something new. If you invent a new type of pen, you should patent your design. This should prevent anyone or another company from stealing your idea, manufacturing it and making money for themselves. A patent protects your design for the first five years and them you must apply annually for the next fifteen years (twenty years in total).
Patents apply to; a scientific discovery, a literary piece of work (e.g. musical), Computer programs, new medical treatments.
|1. How can an author protect his / her work ? 2 marks|
|2. Explain how a manufacturer can protect an invention or innovative product, so that it cannot be copied legally? Include a reference to copyright law, trademarks and patents. 6 marks|
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