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Where can I register my product design to be protected

There are three different tools available to protect intellectual property: patents, trademarks, and copyrights. 

Patents

A patent protects an invention or discovery. There are three types of patents: utility, design, and plant. Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. Learn more about patents and the patent process.

Trademarks

A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services, such as words, phrases, symbols, or designs. Learn more about trademarks and how to apply for one.

Copyright

A copyright protects an original artistic or literary work, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, or architecture. You do not have to register a work with the U.S. Copyright Office in order for it to be protected. Copyright exists the moment a work is created. Note that ideas and discoveries are not protected by copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. Find out how copyright is different than a trademark or patent.

As an example, if you invent a new kind of vacuum cleaner, you would apply for a patent to protect the invention itself. You would apply to register a trademark to protect the brand name of the vacuum cleaner. And you might register a copyright for the TV commercial that you use to market the product.