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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.

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 »

How to Do a Patent Search

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