Patent vs. Copyright

Copyright and patent are two intellectual property rights that are often mistaken to be one, but they are completely distinct. The only resemblance is their essence of protection and is permitted.

How can you differentiate between copyright and patent?

The copyright and patent are both intellectual rights obtained by the registration, but the subjects of protection are way different. Those are explained here:

  • Definition: Copyright is a legal right that vests to the originator of creative work. It confines the right to adapt work, duplication, allocation, etc. Whereas patents shield novel inventions or findings like complex machinery, pharmaceutical drugs, and advanced software. By restricting others from operating or importing the invention. A patent grants its proprietor a monopoly over the innovation, but only for a restricted time.
  • Scope: Copyright has a restricted capacity of relevance as applicable to all sorts of artistry work, namely – artwork, poetry, film, music, and photography. The key is that the creation must exist in a tangible form, such as paper, softcopy, or video. A copyright grants you the sole right to utilize work in different ways: you can propagate it, sell or disseminate copies, express it, execute it, or produce other works established on your copyrighted work; whereas, A patent protects the technical development, which attaches to novelty and originality. Patents authorise the patent holder to secure others from creating, using, or dealing with the invention. There are three main types of patents: utility, strategy, and manufactory.
  • Tenure of Protection: Copyright registration validates for the owner's lifetime and a period of 60 years and even after the owner's demise; whereas, a patent registration s valid for 20 years from the date of application.
  • Redistribution: Through copyright registration, the owner can propagate and circulate the original work without any obstruction; whereas, a patent is vested to the product, such as formatting affected in an element or particular procedure. A patent controls others from misappropriating the notion behind the invention.

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