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The Elements of F*cking Style

October 12th, 2011 David No comments

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Don’t get too happy, this book isn’t an updated Kama Sutra. It’s actually a grammar book. A funny one. But who gives a f#&k about grammar, you ask? Well, read some of your friends’ facebook updates or inter-office emails and you’ll see why this book is very relevant. Authors Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen are regular guys who happen to know and care about grammar. Get a few laughs in while learning how not to butcher your native tongue. K?

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Power Pod

September 19th, 2011 David No comments

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A clean workspace is the sign of a cluttered mind. But so what, nobody else has to come into your head and get work done. The common areas of the office are a different story. This 6-port AC power supply disguises itself as a tidy little desktop pen holder/accessory tray until you need juice. Then just pop the lid off and plug in.

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Titanium Straw

September 15th, 2011 David No comments

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There isn’t a whole lot to say about the Titanium Straw ($18) that you can’t get from its name. It’s made from food safe titanium, is dishwasher safe, and pretty much guarantees that you’ll never have to deal with a hole in your straw again.

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Japanese found millions in lost tsunami cash – and return it

September 9th, 2011 David No comments
110824 japansafe.nv nws Japanese found millions in lost tsunami cash   and return itVincent Yu / AP

Japan Self-Defense Force personnel stand near some safes they retrieved from houses destroyed by the tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan in a photo taken on April 7, 2011.

By Arata Yamamoto, NBC News Producer

TOYKO – If disaster struck, and millions of dollars in cash turned up, do you think it would be returned to its rightful owners?

In Japan, it was.

During the four months since the giant tsunami struck Japan’s northern coast, more than 5,700 safes containing approximately $30 million has been recovered from the three hardest hit prefectures, Japan’s National Police Agency recently announced.

Remarkably – since residents of the tsunami zone have scattered across the country and even the world – 96 percent, or nearly $29.6 million in cash, has already been returned to its rightful owners, or if authorities feared the owner had died in the disaster, their closest relative.

Detective job to find rightful owners
The majority of the safes recovered in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima were collected by Japan’s Self Defense Force, police, and volunteers while combing through destroyed homes and buildings and clearing debris left behind by the devastating wave; some individuals also came forward with lost valuables.

Masao Sasaki, with the Iwate prefectural police, said that determining who the money belonged to and then actually finding them proved to be a great challenge and often involved excruciating detective work.

“In some cases, entire communities were completely washed away. Even if we had information on the address of the owner, there would be no building left, landlines were destroyed,” Sasaki explained. “So we went around to the various evacuation centers and started checking through the rosters.”

In Iwate prefecture alone, where more than 23,000 structures along the coast were destroyed, 2,400 safes containing a total amount of $10 million was collected. Incredibly, 91 percent of it has already been returned.

Considering that up until June there were more than 330 evacuation centers in Iwate, and people were constantly moving to new locations, it was no small feat to return that much money.

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A survivor walks through debris caused by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, in this March 18, 2011 file photo.

“You can just imagine the difficult work involved in tracking down the owners,” Sasaki said. “In some cases where the owner was thought to have perished, we had to find the closest kin who could have been anywhere inside or outside Iwate.

It’s not unusual for Japanese, especially the elderly, to keep cash at home. In particular, fishermen, who made up a large portion of the coastal population, traditionally preferred cash transactions and often even paid salaries in cash.

Thankfully, many of the safes also held bank books, certificates of land rights, name chops (traditional stamps used in lieu of signatures on personal documents) or some other form of identification. But because they were drenched in mud and water, each item often had to be carefully cleaned and dried, at times using a shirt iron in order to extract useful clues.

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“It was important to be able to return these items properly cleaned, but our first and utmost priority was to find the owners and return their belongings as quickly as possible,” said Sasaki.

Asked how they were able to return 91 percent of the lost valuables, Sasaki said it was simply the laborious work and perseverance of the prefecture’s officers.

Venturing into the nuke zone
It was a tougher task in Fukushima prefecture, where extra precaution was required to reach some of the areas affected by the nuclear accident.

When their officers entered the 12-mile-radius exclusion zone, they had to put on hazmat suits and equip themselves with survey meters so they could check the radiation levels.

“It might have taken a little longer in Fukushima,” said Yoshiyasu Sato of the local prefectural police headquarters. “We had to start from the outer perimeter of the exclusion zone and slowly work our way in.”

But according to Sato, even though it took four months, the police have pretty much completed their task: they have already returned 96 percent of the $7.2 million found in some 900 safe boxes.

And in the Miyagi prefecture they had an even greater rate of return. More than 2,400 safes were collected that contained approximately $13.5 million –amazingly 99 percent of that has been returned to its owners or closest kin.

Almost done
In Iwate, as they get closer to completing the task of clearing away the rubble, the number of safes and other belongings recovered has dropped. But, Sasaki said, “the collection is still not completely zero, the numbers have come down, but items are being turned in sporadically.”

In total, if you included the money retrieved from lost wallets and purses, $48.3 million worth of cash was collected from the disaster zone. Out of that total amount, 85 percent has found its way to its rightful owners.

While the sheer amount of cash collected and returned is astounding, it is also another reminder of the scope of the damage brought by the March earthquake and tsunami which claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people and completely wiped out at least 112,000 homes and buildings.

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More News on the Earthquake

August 23rd, 2011 David No comments

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated buildings across the East Coast on Tuesday after a moderate earthquake in Virginia that was also felt as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. No tsunami warning was issued, but air and train traffic was disrupted across the East Coast.

 

Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were among the areas evacuated.

At the Pentagon in northern Virginia, a low rumbling built and built to the point that the building was shaking. People ran into the corridors of the government’s biggest building and as the shaking continued there were shouts of “Evacuate! Evacuate!”The quake even broke a water main inside the Pentagon, flooding parts of two floors, NBC reported.

Centered some 90 miles south of the nation’s capital, the quake was a magnitude 5.9, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Two nuclear reactors near the epicenter were taken offline as a precaution, officials said. No damage was reported at either.

At the U.S. Capitol, light fixtures swung and the building shook for about 15 seconds while the tremor hit, NBC News reported.

At Reagan National Airport outside Washington, ceiling tiles fell during a few seconds of shaking. All flights were briefly put on hold and one terminal was evacuated due to a gas smell.

In New York City, NBC reported debris fell from the attorney general’s office, causing a brief panic as people ran from the area.

Airport towers and government buildings in New York, including City Hall, were evacuated. The 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building.

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A mild tremor was even felt by NBC reporters with President Barack Obama during his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off Massachusetts.

In Charleston, W.Va., hundreds of workers left the state Capitol building and employees at other downtown office buildings were asked to leave temporarily.

“The whole building shook,” said Jennifer Bundy, a spokeswoman for the state Supreme Court. “You could feel two different shakes. Everybody just kind of came out on their own.”

In Ohio, where office buildings swayed in Columbus and Cincinnati and the press box at the Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field shook. At least one building near the Statehouse was evacuated in downtown Columbus.

In downtown Baltimore, Md., the quake sent office workers into the streets, where lamp posts swayed slightly as they called family and friends to check in.

More about the quake at breakingnews.com

The earthquake’s epicenter was near Louisa, Va., the USGS reported. It was a very shallow quake, less than a mile deep, which would explain why it was so widely felt.

The D.C. area’s previous record for an earthquake was on July 16, 2010, when a 3.6 magnitude quake was felt.

The East Coast gets earthquakes, but usually smaller ones than the West Coast and is less prepared for shaking.

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Life expectancy by country 2011

August 11th, 2011 David No comments

Life expectancy by country 2011- Scroll through this list of the top 20 countries where life expectancy is the longest.

Bermuda

Rank: No. 20


Bermuda life expectancy 80.71
Population
68,679 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure
0-14 years: 18% (male 6,212/female 6,129)
15-64 years: 67% (male 22,701/female 23,293)
65 years and over: 15.1% (male 4,304/female 6,040) (2011 est.)
Median age
total: 42 years
male: 40.4 years
female: 43.5 years (2011 est.)
Population growth rate
0.594% (2011 est.)
Birth rate
11.42 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate
7.57 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate
2.1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 80.71 years
male: 77.49 years
female: 83.99 years (2011 est.)

Anguilla

Rank: No. 19
Anguilla life expectancy 80.87
Anguilla was administered by Great Britain until the early 19th century, when the island – against the wishes of the inhabitants – was incorporated into a single British dependency along with Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Population
15,094 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure
0-14 years: 24% (male 1,861/female 1,764)
15-64 years: 68.1% (male 4,855/female 5,427)
65 years and over: 7.9% (male 577/female 610) (2011 est.)
Median age
total: 33.3 years
male: 31.9 years
female: 34.7 years (2011 est.)
Population growth rate
2.173% (2011 est.)
Birth rate
12.92 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 80.87 years
male: 78.32 years
female: 83.51 years (2011 est.)

Iceland

Rank: No. 18
Iceland life expectancy 80.90
80.90, Iceland … still expect to live longer than men on average, though the gap in life expectancy .

Israel

Rank: No. 17
Israel life expectancy 80.96
Population
7,473,052 (July 2010 est.)
note: approximately 296,700 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank (2009 est.); approximately 19,100 Israeli settlers live in the Golan Heights (2008 est.); approximately 192,800 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem (2008 est.)
Age structure
0-14 years: 27.6% (male 1,057,113/female 1,008,978)
15-64 years: 62.2% (male 2,358,858/female 2,292,281)
65 years and over: 10.1% (male 331,034/female 424,788) (2011 est.)
Median age
total: 29.4 years
male: 28.7 years
female: 30.1 years (2011 est.)
Population growth rate
1.584% (2011 est.)
Birth rate
19.24 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 80.96 years
male: 78.79 years
female: 83.24 years (2011 est.)

Sweden

Rank: No. 16
Sweden life expectancy 81.07
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.07 years
male: 78.78 years
female: 83.51 years (2011 est.)

Switzerland

Rank: No. 15
Switzerland life expectancy 81.07
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.07 years
male: 78.24 years
female: 84.05 years (2011 est.)
Switzerland’s low infant mortality rate and universal health care contribute to the high life expectancy of its people.

Spain

Rank: No. 14
Spain life expectancy 81.17
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.17 years
male: 78.16 years
female: 84.37 years (2011 est.)
Do those daily siestas add to the life expectancy of the people of Spain Possibly. A decreased infant mortality rate also helps .

France

Rank: No. 13
France life expectancy 81.19
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.19 years
male: 78.02 years
female: 84.54 years (2011 est.)
The average life expectancy for women in France helps bring up the average for the entire country, since French men don’t live as long .

Canada

Rank: No. 12
Canada life expectancy 81.38
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.38 years
male: 78.81 years
female: 84.1 years (2011 est.)
Canada’s health care system adds to the high life expectancy of its people. The average lifespan for women is also quite a bit longer than men, helping to raise the country’s overall average.

Jersey Island

Rank: No. 11
Jersey life expectancy 81.38
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.38 years
male: 78.96 years
female: 83.94 years (2011 est.)
This small island, a British Crown Dependency, has a low infant mortality rate, adding to the longer lives of its people.

Italy

Rank: No. 10
Italy life expectancy 81.77
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.77 years
male: 79.16 years
female: 84.53 years (2011 est.)
A slow-paced lifestyle, especially by the people of the Marche region, seems to contribute to high life expectancy for Italians. Fresh, organic food may also be a factor.

Australia

Rank: No. 9
Australia life expectancy 81.81
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.81 years
male: 79.4 years
female: 84.35 years (2011 est.)
A universal health care system and a decrease in a deady habit lands Australia on this list.

Hong Kong

Rank: No. 8
Hong kong life expectancy 82.04
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 82.04 years
male: 79.32 years
female: 84.97 years (2011 est.)
Although Hong Kong’s pollution level is high, residents eat healthy and exercise often, adding years to their lives.

Republic of Singapore

Rank: No. 7
Singapore life expectancy 82.14
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 82.14 years
male: 79.53 years
female: 84.96 years (2011 est.)
Singapore is a wealthy nation and their health care system offers additional support for the elderly.

Guernsey

Rank: No. 6
Guernsey life expectancy 82.16
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 82.16 years
male: 79.5 years
female: 84.95 years (2011 est.)
Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel, is an extremely wealthy island. Residents eat well and have access to good health care.

Japan

Rank: No. 5
Japan life expectancy 82.25
Japan has a very low obesity rate, as most people dine on vegetables, fish, rice and noodles.
Japan low obesity rate

Andorra

Rank: No. 4
Andorra life expectancy 82.43
Andorra, located between Spain and France, is No. 4 on the list, based on the Andorrans diet and the fact that they get plenty of exercise.

San Marino

Rank: No. 3
San marino life expectancy 83.01
This small European state has a very low child mortality rate. Residents also tend to work in offices rather than in heavy industry, which impacts lifespan.

Macau

Rank: No. 2
Macau life expectancy 84.41
Macau a former Portuguese settlement has a strong health care system, which helps it land high on the list.

Monaco

Rank: No. 1
Monaco life expectancy 89.73
Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country, lands in the No. 1 spot. The people of Monaco are typically wealthy, eat a healthy Mediterranean diet and have low stress.
Source: CIA World

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Five Best Journaling Tools

July 6th, 2011 David No comments

1421 32 Five Best Journaling Tools Jason Fitzpatrick2009 05 09 214112 Five Best Journaling ToolsPublic declarations and diatribes have their place, but sometimes you need a private space for your thoughts, dreams, and ramblings. Whether you crave a digital or analog tool, you’ll find it in this Hive Five.

Photo by Barnaby.

Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite journaling tool. We’ve tallied the nominations and now we’re back to share the top five journaling tools. This week’s Hive Five is a mix of online and off, digital and analog, and a rather interesting sample of how Lifehacker readers like to record their thoughts for future reflection and posterity.

Microsoft Word (Windows/Mac, $99)

2009 05 09 222832 Five Best Journaling ToolsMany a person has started journaling by simply opening up the default word processor on their computer and setting to work. Microsoft Word is a fixture on hundreds of thousands of personal computers, and many Lifehacker readers found it more than adequate for their journaling endeavors. On top of creating documents in a commonly used format, most of us use Word at work and at home and are already quite familiar with the interface, formatting, and shortcuts. Being comfortable with your journaling tool of choice goes a long way towards encouraging you keep at it.

Pen and Paper (Analog, Variable Cost)

2009 05 09 224759 Five Best Journaling ToolsLong before people were pecking out their missives on typewriters, let alone keyboards, they were quietly scribbling them onto paper. In an age of instant sharing and easy digitization, many of you showed a strong affinity for recording your most private moments with the solidly analog and difficult to share medium: pen and paper. For many Lifehacker readers there is no substitute for the privacy and ease of use that comes with keeping an old fashioned paper-based journal. Among the variations of the pen and paper motif you submitted, readers showed a distinct passion for high-quality pens and Moleskine notebooks. Rich paper and smooth flowing ink is apparently the icing on the cake of analog journaling. Photo by MShades.

Microsoft OneNote (Windows, $99)

2009 05 09 230731 01 Five Best Journaling ToolsDesigned as a sophisticated note taking tool, Microsoft OneNote can easily do double duty as a journaling tool. If you like to drop photos, music, and other media into your journal entries, the file integration of OneNote makes such journal keeping tricks a cinch. The app can also easily link together your journal entries by text links and tags. OneNote’s Windows Mobile client and hand-writing recognition make it easy to record your thoughts during the day and dump them into your journal when you return home. If you’re unfamiliar with OneNote, our review of OneNote 2007 is worth a peek.

Evernote (Windows/Mac, Free-to-$5/month)

2009 05 09 231833 Five Best Journaling ToolsEvernote is a wildly popular application for capturing and organizing all manner of information thanks to its trifecta of desktop application, web-based interface, and mobile client. For many readers, it makes sense to simply work their daily reflections into the tool they already have at their fingertips. If you’re using Evernote as your personal journal, you can leverage the text recognition and tagging to make your journal entries available and easily search friendly. If you’ve avoided journaling because you consider it antiquated and hardly something a busy modern person takes the time for, Evernote makes it easy to write when you have the time, since it’s almost always with you thanks to a web and mobile phone presence. The free account can easily handle basic journaling, but if you find yourself needing more storage or use of the multimedia functions, there is a $5 a month premium account.

 

WordPress (Web Based, Free)

2009 05 09 235616 Five Best Journaling ToolsWhile blogging is usually intended for a larger audience, many of you used blogging software to maintain a personal journal. Among the blogging tools used, WordPress was a clear favorite thanks to its ease of use, ability to keep entires completely private, and a free-as-in-beer price tag. Using blog software as your journal tool has several benefits: You can log into your journal from anywhere, tag your entries, use text and calendar-based search, and take advantage of WordPress’s vast extensibility to customize and tweak your journal to include all the tools and information you desire. WordPress will run on your own web server (including your personal home web server), or you can sign up at WordPress.com for a basic account.


Now that you’ve had a chance to check out how your fellow readers journal, it’s time to cast your vote to determine who will be quill-wielding king of the self reflection castle.

If you’re aghast that your favorite method of journaling—cuneiform tablets anyone?—didn’t make the Hive Five, or you’ve just got a great journaling tip burning a hole in your pocket, share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Microsoft Windows 8

June 10th, 2011 David No comments

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Until now, touchscreen PCs were little more than gimmicks – finger-friendly add-ons to a very mouse-oriented OS. Microsoft Windows 8 ($TBA) looks to change all of that. By borrowing heavily from Windows Phone 7, Redmond has built a touch-optimized, tile-based main interface for Windows 8, melding the user friendliness of modern smartphones with powerful PC features like complete access to the file system, the ability to see more than one app at a time on screen, and desktop caliber apps — although we’re still trying to figure out how you’re supposed to use the Office toolbar without a mouse. [Thanks Uncrate!]

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Ben & Jerry’s Pint Lock keeps your ice cream safe

May 25th, 2011 David 1 comment

 Ben & Jerrys Pint Lock keeps your ice cream safe

As an ice cream lover, I can remember countless times when I had a never-ending craving for some chocolate, creamy ice cream. But when I opened the freezer, I was disappointed to see that the pint I opened yesterday was gone, eaten by some no-good ice cream thief. If you find your ice cream cravings being ruined by a similar scene, you need Ben & Jerry’s Pint Lock. It’s a special combination lock that will fit right over the top of any pint of ice cream. Reasonably priced and very simple to use, get your Pint Lock by visiting the Ben & Jerry’s website. You will never miss out again on a sweet bowlful of your favorite frozen flavor. I think I may go unlock a pint right now!!

Due to roommates that didn’t quite understand my displeasure at my consistently disappearing ice cream, I had to resort to this. Not a gag, it is actually is designed with the intention to work. Though I suppose that since the container it is “locking” is made of waxed cardboard (which can be deformed a bit) it won’t keep out a serious professional penetration attempt.

I found that it sends a warning message, sort of like one of those little LED’s you put in a car to give the appearance of having an alarm.

Guaranteed to Keep Your ice Cream (and Calories) To Yourself

When I was a child, my father who a was a brilliant physician, used to sneak down to the large family freezer and eat the half-gallon size ice cream container down to the last possible bite. Then he would deliberately and with malice aforethought, place the empty container back into the freezer after inserting one of his business cards with his office hours and phone number stamped on it inside. As far as I can remember, he never showed a shred of remorse for his selfish indulgence, even if he was forced to buy a larger size trousers and/or belt every once in a while.

Do not misunderstand. There was never even a momentary doubt as to who the culprit was, but my father’s actions did force the rest of the family to become more creative in where we hid the family’s real jewels.

Without giving away any family secrets, the Euphori-Lock Combination by Ben and Jerry have addressed the pressing (against thighs) need to keep one’s ice cream along with one’s politics and religious persuasions to oneself. The inspiration for the Euphori-Lock came from one of their fans who wrote to tell them of his personal torment over his very private pint of Rocky Road ice cream. In whispers, he spoke of his overwhelming fear that his roommates would eat it all before he could get home. His obsession was so bad that he couldn’t concentrate on his schoolwork and he had trouble sleeping leaning against the closed refrigerator door.

The Euphori-Lock Combination has been around for about two years now, and has insured its immortality by successfully easing the troubled and carbohydrate-infused minds of its staunchest users. It is a strong security ring that slips around the tub’s upper lid, and its comes complete with its own top-secret security code, which will unlock it at will. (It might be a good idea although this action is not suggested in the enclosed instructions, to find a way to swallow this code number even though it does not, at least at this time, come in assorted fun flavors. (Hush, hush! Need I say more?)

This chastity ice cream belt can be yours for a mere $5.50! If you don’t have an urge to buy one of these Euphori-locks for yourself, just close your eyes and think of that “don’t touch my stuff” freak who may occasionally find his or her way onto your holiday gift list. You have found the perfect, inexpensive present for this person whom you don’t think too much of anyway.

So what are you waiting for? Calories await and the ice cream is melting fast!


Ice Cream Lid Lock

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COPYRIGHT vs. TRADEMARK vs. PATENT

May 11th, 2011 David No comments
Some people confuse patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Although there may be some similarities among these kinds of intellectual property protection, they are different and serve different purposes.

What Is a Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly.

The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine. Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.

What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?

A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device which is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. A servicemark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. The terms “trademark” and “mark” are commonly used to refer to both trademarks and servicemarks.

Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark. Trademarks which are used in interstate or foreign commerce may be registered with the Patent and Trademark Office. The registration procedure for trademarks and general information concerning trademarks is described in a separate pamphlet entitled “Basic Facts about Trademarks”.

What Is a Patent?

A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the Patent and Trademark Office. The term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. US patent grants are effective only within the US, US territories, and US possessions.

The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. What is granted is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.

(Excerpted from General Information Concerning Patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website)

Some additional differences between a copyright and a trademark are as follows:

1.   The purpose of a copyright is to protect works of authorship as fixed in a tangible form of expression. Thus, copyright covers: a) works of art (2 or 3 dimensional), b) photos, pictures, graphic designs, drawings and other forms of images; c) songs, music and sound recordings of all kinds; d) books, manuscripts, publications and other written works; and e) plays, movies, shows, and other performance arts.

2.   The purpose of a trademark is to protect words, phrases and logos used in federally regulated commerce to identify the source of goods and/or services.

3.   There may be occasions when both copyright and trademark protection are desired with respect to the same business endeavor. For example, a marketing campaign for a new product may introduce a new slogan for use with the product, which also appears in advertisements for the product. However, copyright and trademark protection will cover different things. The advertisement’s text and graphics, as published in a particular vehicle, will be covered by copyright – but this will not protect the slogan as such. The slogan may be protected by trademark law, but this will not cover the rest of the advertisement. If you want both forms of protection, you will have to perform both types of registration.

4.   If you are interested in protecting a title, slogan, or other short word phrase, generally you want a trademark. Copyright law does not protect a bare phrase, slogan, or trade name.

5.   Whether an image should be protected by trademark or copyright law depends on whether its use is intended to identify the source of goods or services. If an image is used temporarily in an ad campaign, it generally is not the type of thing intended to be protected as a logo.

6.   The registration prcesses of copyright and trademark are entirely different. For copyright, the filing fee is small, the time to obtain registration is relatively short, and examination by the Copyright Office is limited to ensuring that the registration application is properly completed and suitable copies are attached. For trademark, the filing fee is more substantial, the time to obtain registration is much longer, and examination by the Trademark Office includes a substantive review of potentially conflicting marks which are found to be confusingly similar. While copyright registration is primarily an administrative process, trademark registration is very much an adversarial process.

7.   Copyright law provides for compulsory licensing and royalty payments – there is no analogous concept in trademark law. Plus, the tests and definition of infringement are considerably different under copyright law and trademark law.

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