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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:21 PM
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Difference between a trademark and a copyright?
Where would I go on the web to find out if my idea needs to be trademarked or copyrighted? I am not sure which one I need; and do not have the money for a consulting fee. Sorry to solicit advice here; if this is inappropriate; please just PM me. Thanks....
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:22 PM
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1. Try here:
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:27 PM
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2. An idea..
... can be neither trademarked or copyrighted. Some ideas can be patented.
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:43 PM
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3. well
something similar to what I want to do is already available--a product--but the market and way that I want to put it together are quite different. I'm not sure what I need to make sure the ppl who have the product similar to mine cannot take it over and sell it.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:47 PM
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4. You will need.....
... a patent.
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:50 PM
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5. thanks!
This way I can go ahead and search the patents.....
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:53 PM
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6. It will cost..
... some money, but if you have a good idea it's the only way to protect yourself. Of course, now you can do the basic groundword search online for free, so get going!!!!
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