Intellectual Property: Forms of Federal IP Protection [infographic] [July 28, 2022] [open pdf - 725KB]
From the Document: "Intellectual Property (IP) law comprises a set of rights to exclude others from making, copying, or using certain intangible creations of the human mind. At the U.S. federal level, IP includes four main forms of legal protection: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. These legal protections are each distinct, although often confused, Each form of IP protects a different type of intellectual creation, has a different procedure for obtaining rights, and grants the IP owner rights that vary in scope and duration. This infographic compares these different forms of federal IP protection."
CRS Report for Congress, IG10033
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/