Patent this logo, trademark this invention ?

Whenever I hear the words “patent this logo, trademark this invention, or copyright this idea,” I wish I could whip out this one pager out of my back pocket which explains the basic differences between copyrights, trademarks and patents.  Well, here it is (unfolded) ;-) :

IP Slide (9-28-13) v2

Click here for downloadable PDF: IP Summary



  1. Hi, Richard – congrats on launching your blog! I like the one-page substantive information concept. It means the content of what you post will actually get used by the people who go to your blog. I also really like the chart idea, which you have done on at least the two I read. Very nice. Keep that up. Hope you are well and your recent move to King & Spalding has been great for you. My best, Mozh

  2. Jennifer Allison says:

    I love this! My best charts in law school were always one page. Now that I’m a law librarian I am even more interested in filtering information down into manageable portions. Thank you for your very kind public service and excellent idea – I hope this catches on!

  3. Peter says:

    Awesome! I really like this blog!

  4. Ryan E. Long says:


    I wish I had a recording to play every time I hear someone who says they want to trademark their idea or copyright it! Annoying to say the least.

    Your patent strategy class looks great and fascinating. I look forward to discussing that when we meet.

    All my best,


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