Protections for confidential information such as formula, method, device, machine, compilation of facts or any information that is confidential and gives a business an advantage.
Period of protection: As long as information remains confidential and functions as a trade secret.
Examples: Coca‑Cola formula; special method for assembling a patented invention
Protections for literary and artistic works such as books, photos, music, recordings, fine art, graphics, videos, film, architecture, computer programs.
Period of Protection: Life of the author plus 70 years for works created by a single author.
Other works such as works made for hire, 120 years from date of creation or 95 years from first publication.
Examples: Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits (music recording, compact disc artwork and video)