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Old 24th June 2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default Trademark, Copyright Or Patent? Which To Do First?

I have a new line of children's coloring, puzzle and activity books that I'm thinking of developing. I could start to create them and sell them via the Web right now, but I'd like to protect my idea as much as possible first. What do I need to do? Trademark, Copyright, Patent? It's all so confusing. What's are the best (and hopefully least expensive) options available? Thanks, "Spiderman".

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Old 25th June 2007, 02:11 AM   #2
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I wrote about this recently after facing the same decisions myself. [Url removed]

You may also want to read this post on this forum. http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/fo...ad.php?t=12303

I posted a lot of links that will help answer your questions.

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Old 25th June 2007, 06:17 PM   #3
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Default Great Advice...thanks

Thanks for the valuable articles and links. As I'm just starting out, and don't have a lot of money, I take it that the way to go is to just start developing my material, and as money comes available, and the ideas seem more viable, get the appropriate trademarks, copyrights, and patents? Is this correct? The other approach is to take out a loan and pay for trademarks, copyrights and patents before you produce anything...but at that point you don't really know if the idea will work or not? Any advice is helpful...thanks....

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In my opinion, developing the product/business takes priority. That said, the process of gathering the information required for patent and trademarking can be useful in developing your business model or product specs.

If you have a comprehensive business plan, simply put this step in the risk management section in the "need it" column. For example, I have drawn out complete business plan table of contents... these are sections of the business plan that will be completed. Once the structure is there, now I can make a todo list or what I call a "need it, got it" list. This way I can see what is done and what needs to be done. The fact you are thinking about it means it is a high priority to you so you may want to burn a little midnight oil in study.

I'm not sure about the patent, but my trademarks cost $275 by using the electronic form at www.uspto.gov. The cost for a copyright is less than $100 and just depends on what you are trying to copyright. Basically, your work, once public, is copyright protected anyway and if private, protected by state trade secret laws. (if I understand correctly)

Maybe someone else will have more useful advice.

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well... someone decided my on topic link was not acceptable. I'm a little disappointed.

If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll send you the link.



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