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New Inventions

New inventions are thought up all the time but very few of them are ever produced and sold. Capitalizing on a new invention requires a bit of know-how. In this section we'll examine how new inventions become new products.

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How do copyrights and patents differ?

Because the definitions of ideas, expression, production and publication can get fuzzy, the difference between copyrights and patents might be a little confusing to some.


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When should you contact a patent attorney?

A patent attorney and when you should contact one are explained in this article from HowStuffWorks. Learn about patent attorneys. See more »

What exactly is a patent?

What exactly is a patent? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn exactly what a patent is. See more »

What is a provisional patent?

A provisional patent and the steps involved in obtaining one are explained in this article. Learn about a provisional patent. See more »

How to File a Patent

How to file a patent is covered in detail in this article from HowStuffWorks. Here you can find out how to file a patent. See more »

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How to do a patent search is explained in this article from HowStuffWorks. Find out how to do a patent search. See more »