Types of Propietary Protection
Next, you need to file for protection under one of the three following types of protection: patent, trademark and copyright.
Patent generally involves the creation of a product or another type of invention. This allows creators to stop others from using, making or selling their product without permission.
A trademark protects a name of a company or product. If you are the first person to file a trademark for a particular name, you essentially own that name. Others cannot use it without your permission and can be sued if they create a business or product with the same name.
The last is copyright. Copyright laws are what are most used by individuals. These laws govern everything from authorship to artists to photographers. When you add a copyright mark to your work, you essentially tell the world that you have the sole right over the distribution, use and display of your works.
A work that is not complete, or in the "raw" stage, cannot be copyrighted. Once your product is done, however, you should start using your copyright and file for copyright protection.