Question: What is the difference between a patent and a trademark?Answer:
Trademarks and patents are forms of intellectual property protection. A trademark refers to a word, name, symbol or design that is usually used to identify a brand and distinguish it from others. You register a trademark to gain legally enforceable rights over your brand name or logo. A patent is a legally enforceable right over an invention or idea that can be a device, substance, method or process, which is new, inventive and useful.
Both need to be registered and must be unique in order to be successful, you cannot trademark or patent anything with a similar name, logo or idea that has already been registered. This is why it’s important to have an intellectual property lawyer to help you with the registration process.