|Patent||Trade secret||Industrial design||Trademark||Copyright|
|Coverage||New, useful and non-obvious invention||Invention, business information||Visual features of a product||Source of goods or services||Original literary, artistic, musical or dramatic work|
|Product, process, machine, chemical composition, use||Business method, invention, recipe, manufacturing process||Shape, configuration, pattern or ornament, or any combination of these features||Word, design, taste, texture, moving image, mode of packaging, hologram, sound, scent, 3-dimensional shape or colour, or a combination of these features||Software, sound recording, photograph, painting, web content, communication signal|
|Rights||Exclude others from using, making or selling your invention||No formal rights (contractual obligations)||Exclude others from making, using, selling or importing something that uses your design||Prevent others from using your trademark||Prevent others from reproducing your original work|
|Duration||Up to 20 years from date of filing||As long as confidentiality is maintained||Up to 15 years from date of filing||10 years (renewable)||Life of creator + 70 years (in general)|
|Disclosure grace period||12 months||No disclosure||12 months||Not applicable||Not applicable (automatic rights)|
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