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To © or not to ©: How a copyright can protect your creative works

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You already know you can get for a unique gadget or other invented product by filing a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). But what about a song, story, sculpture or software program? Patents can't help you here--they don't protect those kinds of creations. The good news: Copyright protection does.

Tomima Edmark, the woman famous for her Topsy Tail invention has now turned her creative talents to the competitive retail arena of intimate apparel, HerRoom and HisRoom.

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