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Other Types of Intellectual Property.

There are three main types of intellectual property other than copyright:

  • Trademark—for the protection of marks and brands used in commerce;
  • Patents—for the protection of inventions, useful objects, and processes; and
  • Trade secrets—for the protection of confidential business information.


There is an overlap between copyright and plagiarism in many cases, but it is possible for an action to be plagiarism without being a copyright violation and vice versa. For example, reproducing a public domain work and passing it off as your own might be plagiarism, but there would be no copyright infringement. A work might be properly attributed, and so there might be no plagiarism, but that reproduction still might be a copyright violation.