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<p>The U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office provides information and applicant filing directions for US patent and trademark protection. Registration requires approximately 14 months.</p>
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<p>The [http://www.uspto.gov/ '''US Patents and Trademarks Office]''' provides information and applicant filing directions for US patent and trademark protection. Registration requires approximately 14 months.</p>
   
   
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">US Department of Commerce</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
Washington, DC 20231<br>   
Washington, DC 20231<br>   
(800) 786-9199<br>   
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<p>The [http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/business.html '''California Secretary of State]''' provides information on registration of trademarks and service marks for protection within California only.  Registration requires approximately 8 weeks.</p>
<p>The [http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/business.html '''California Secretary of State]''' provides information on registration of trademarks and service marks for protection within California only.  Registration requires approximately 8 weeks.</p>
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">Trademark Registration</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
1500 11th Street, 3rd Street<br>   
1500 11th Street, 3rd Street<br>   
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>
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<p>The '''U.S. Copyrights Office''' provides information on Copyright registration current copyright filing fees, and status of copyright application.</p>
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<p>The [http://www.copyright.gov '''US Copyrights Office]''' provides information on Copyright registration current copyright filing fees, and status of copyright application.</p>
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">US Copyrights Office</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
Washington, DC 20559<br>   
Washington, DC 20559<br>   
(202) 707-3000<br>   
(202) 707-3000<br>   
[http://www.copyright.gov '''www.copyright.gov''']<br>
[http://www.copyright.gov '''www.copyright.gov''']<br>
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<p>'''Publications available:''' None are offered by the Consumer Information Center</p>
 
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<p>'''See also:''' U.S. Patent Office Search Page and Copyright</p>
 
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PATENTS/TRADEMARKS/COPYRIGHTS (U.S)

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Patents, trademarks and copyrights are three types of intellectual property protections.


A patent is a grant made by a government to an inventor assuring him or her the sole right to make, use, and sell his invention for a certain period of time.


A trademark is a word, name, symbol, phrase or slogan, or a combination of these items used to mark and distinguish goods or services to indicate their source or origin.


A copyright protects the writings of an author against copying. Literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works are included within the protection of the copyright law. A copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the work.



The US Patents and Trademarks Office provides information and applicant filing directions for US patent and trademark protection. Registration requires approximately 14 months.

US Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20231
(800) 786-9199
www.uspto.gov


The California Secretary of State provides information on registration of trademarks and service marks for protection within California only. Registration requires approximately 8 weeks.

Trademark Registration
1500 11th Street, 3rd Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-4984
www.sos.ca.gov/business/business.htm


The US Copyrights Office provides information on Copyright registration current copyright filing fees, and status of copyright application.

US Copyrights Office
Washington, DC 20559
(202) 707-3000
www.copyright.gov



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