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Bohan Mathers was founded in the historic Old Port area of Portland, Maine, and has grown to become one of the leading intellectual property firms in New England, serving clients throughout the United States and around the world.  Bohan Mathers offers a broad range of intellectual property services, including professional assistance in all matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and contract and license agreements.

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A patent is a property right granted by the United States government that enables the owner to exclude all others from making, using, and/or selling their invention throughout the United States.  There are three specific types of patents: Plant, Design, and Utility.  Anyone who invents a "new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter", or who invents a new and useful improvement thereupon, may be able to obtain a patent.   

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The trademark is a tradition with an extensive history. Since ancient times, proud craftspeople have put their individual marks on their work, and consumers have long depended on trademarks both to authenticate the source of the goods they buy and to stand for them as a mark of particular quality. For this reason, trademark law has developed as much for the protection of consumers as for the protection of the trade interests of business.

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The copyright is, literally, the right to copy something. Under current U.S. copyright law this right belongs to the creator of an original work of authorship, and it exists from the moment the work is fixed in tangible form. The copyright has been recognized in law for hundreds of years. In the United States, the U.S. Consititution specifically recognizes the copyright (along with the patent right) and is the root of U.S. copyright law.

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