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I have seen that Google has some patents on their Toolbar, and also has some copyrighted software. Which is a better option to protect an idea? Can I copyright my own Open Source project?

Personally, I am a student and want to protect my idea, which I am implementing at the moment. I don’t have much to pay, but I want to be able to talk about it to someone.

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See this question for related copyright vs patent information: patents.stackexchange.com/questions/4635/… –  Ron J. Sep 26 '13 at 12:43
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If you released your software to the Open Source Community, you did it under a license.

That license grants certain rights which would prevent you from patenting it now.

You should investigate what license you choose, for instance if you uploaded this project to http://www.github.com

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