Re: Copyright or Patent?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 16th, 2006, 5:30pm »
I am not an attorney, but I'll try to assist.
People may seek patent protection for a new and unique system or method for a device, software code, plant, biological product or medical treatment, to name a few, but my guess is that your candleholder is probably not "new and unique [enough] to the state of the art" to make it patentable.
You can copyright register different types of works. A candleholder would probably fall under a "Visual Arts" work. Examples of visual arts works that may be granted copyright registration are:
Advertisements, commercial prints, labels
Artificial flowers and plants
Artwork applied to clothing or to other useful articles
Bumper stickers, decals, stickers
Cartographic works, such as maps, globes, relief models
Cartoons, comic strips
Drawings, paintings, murals
Fabric, floor, and wallcovering designs
Greeting cards, postcards, stationery
Holograms, computer and laser artwork
Needlework and craft kits
Original prints, such as engravings, etchings, serigraphs, silk screen prints, woodblock prints
Patterns for sewing, knitting, crochet, needlework
Record jacket artwork or photography
Relief and intaglio prints
Reproductions, such as lithographs, collotypes
Sculpture, such as carvings, ceramics, figurines, maquettes, molds, relief sculptures
Stained glass designs
Technical drawings, architectural drawings or plans, blueprints, diagrams, mechanical drawings
Weaving designs, lace designs, tapestries
For more information, you can go to http://www.copyright.gov and search the Visual Arts section for forms and instructions.