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KISSPatent Patent Community, where you can learn about patents and turn your ideas into profit!

KISSPatent Community

Learn more about patents and turn your ideas into profit!


How to get the most out from our Community

Our Community offers three things: resources, tests & quizzes and personal consultation options. 


Who can file a patent? What can be patented? How to prepare a patent application? How the patent application works? What is a provisional patent?

Why patents are business assets? What benefits you have with patents? How can you raise funds with patents? How can you enter new markets with patents?

How can you plan your patent application? How can patents help you stand out from the crowd? How can patents impact your sales and business performance?

We collected our videos where we share our knowledge around anything patent related under 2-minutes. Worth to visit, we have almost a hundred videos!

We receive many questions from our customers on patents. We collect the most popular ones and answer them publicly here within our Question of the Week series.

We have numerous ebooks that can help you on the road. We collect all of them here for you in our ebook library, where you can download them directly.

How can you protect your copyrights?

Copyrights protect artistic and creative works – basically any type of creative content. If content is the main feature of your creative idea, then copyright is probably your best bet for intellectual property (IP) protection. It also protects computer code. Sometimes, it can be used to protect a logo – but see below for when that’s possible.


Copyright is an inherent right, meaning that the creator of a work (or his/her employer, if performed under contract) automatically owns the copyright in a creative work.

You need to register your copyright in the US in order to be able to enforce it. Copyright is registered through the US Copyright Office – you can find some of the basic information that you need to register copyright here.

Registering for copyright enables you to protect your ideas. For example, if someone uses your copyrighted idea without permission from you, you can seek damages. You can also license your copyrighted works in exchange for payment.

You also can protect “derivative works” which are ideas that are derived from yours.

You need to protect your ideas as otherwise you may fall victim to Internet mashup culture, in which others take your ideas – which you worked really hard to develop – and mix them into a new creation, without your permission or control. Even if you file for copyright, you can still give others the rights to use your ideas – but according to your requirements, not as a free for all.

For example, below the image at the start of this post, I added a photo credit to the author of the work (Chinnapong), plus the place that I downloaded it from (Shutterstock) with a link. I have a license from Shutterstock which dictates when, where and how I can use the image. For example, I can use it on my website but not for t-shirts. I paid Shutterstock, which then pays the creator of the image.

Without copyright protection, I could take this image and use it without payment – or giving credit! Clearly stealing someone else’s work is unethical, but copyright laws meant that it is also illegal.


Click here to find out how to become a copyright champion – and protect your valuable ideas with a copyright!