#1: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights Answers
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Receiving a patent for your invention allows you to have the
right to make, sell, import an invention for up to ____ years.
answer is: 20 years
are the 3 types of patents awarded by the U.S. Patent Office?
______________ b. ______________ c. ______________
answer is: Design, Utility, Plant
Patent Office pages provide much information about the actual
application process as well as the types of patents. Their home
page is located at http://www.uspto.gov/
This source discusses the differences between design and utility
patents and the elements needed to file a design patent
application which might be helpful for going into more depth
about the patent process. Links to other areas of the patent
application are located on this page.
What is the difference between an utility patent and a design
patent? Explain in complete sentences.
answer is: A utility patent covers the useful processes,
machines, articles of manufacture, and compositions of matter.
Examples: fiber optics, computer hardware, medications.
look of an athletic or basketball shoe, a bicycle helmet, and
the Pokemon characters are all protected by design patents.
an example (name and type of product) of something that received
an utility patent and a design patent.
copyright is different from a patent because it registers things
that have been authored such as works of art, music and things
which have been written. Where would you find copyrights
registered? How long does a copyright last?
answer is: Copyrights are registered in The Library of Congress.
A copyright lasts the author's life time plus 70 years.
of items that are copyrighted are: Gone With The Wind (the book
and film), Back Street Boys' recordings, and video games
What do we call the type of protection used by businesses and
organizations which protects words, names, symbols, sounds, or
colors that distinguish goods and services?
answer is: Trademarks. Trademarks can be renewed forever as long
as they are being used in business. Patents are only granted for
20 years. Things that would qualify for a trademark include
sounds such as the roar of the MGM lion, the pink color of the
insulation made by Owens-Corning (who uses the Pink Panther in
advertising by permission from its owner!), and the shape of a
Create a class list of "famous" trademarks. Challenge
students to list as many as they think may qualify and then
discuss their findings as each offers a trademarked item to add
to the list. Or, take all of the suggestions, plus a few of your
own (some of which are not trademark items) and challenge them
to circle those that they think are or would qualify to be
About how long has the patent process operated in the United
States to protect inventors?
answer is: 200 years
Use this question as a jumping off point for a discussion about
why the patent process is an important one and how it
contributes to the economy of our industrial nation.
of the Patent Office web pages they state the following:
"For over 200 years, the basic role of the Patent and
Trademark Office (PTO) has remained the same: to promote the
progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited
times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective
discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States
Constitution). Under this system of protection, American
industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new
uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities
created for millions of Americans. The PTO is a noncommercial
federal entity and one of 14 bureaus in the Department of
Commerce (DOC). The office occupies a combined total of over
1,400,000 square feet, in numerous buildings in Arlington,
Virginia. The office employs over 5,000 full time equivalent
(FTE) staff to support its major functions--- the examination
and issuance of patents and the examination and registration of
trademarks. The PTO has evolved into a unique government agency.
Since 1991-- under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA)
of 1990-- the PTO has operated in much the same way as a private
business, providing valued products and services to our
customers in exchange for fees which are used to fully fund our
operations. The primary services we provide include processing
patents and trademarks and disseminating patent and trademark
Where is the US Patent Office located?
answer is:There is only one Patent Office, and it is located in
Arlington, Virginia, which is just outside of Washington, DC.
What type of patent did Fred Frick receive for his Electric
Program Clock? (Utility, Design or Patent)
answer is: Utility Patent
Frick's patents still protecting his invention today?
answer is: No, patents only protect your rights for 20 years.
Frick's patents were granted in 1895.
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