You feel betrayed when a peer or a competitor reproduces your original expressions and
passes them off conveniently as their own in the market. However, you can take respite
because federal laws protect your copyright inventions so that you feel less vulnerable and
threatened by outright violations of your creativity.
According to the honourable Apex court, a work should have a 'spark' and 'modicum' of
creativity to be copyrighted. Titles, names, phrases, slogans, familiar designs, lettering, coloring,
and decorative variants of original compositions cannot qualify as creative. Copyright protects
expressions, not ideas, discoveries, inventions, methods, systems, or processes. You need to
fix or record your work to claim copyright ownership.
A qualified copyright attorney can explain at length what federal copyright laws entail.
Copyright is an intellectual property like trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. People
frequently confuse between copyrights, patents, and trademarks and incorrectly use these
interchangeably or as compound words like copyright trademark, or copyright patent, but
there is a clear distinction.
While copyright rights protect the creative expressions of an artist from illegal duplications, trademarks are a set of unique symbols, letters, or logo designs used to differentiate one
brand/product from another. A patent regarding scientific formulas and inventions confers
exclusive rights to the intended person to prevent others from making, using, and selling similar
formulations. Trademark and copyright laws are separate.