Trade secrets protect innovations that are secret and bestow a commercial advantage to the keeper. It is often advantageous to use trade secret protection rather than patent protection for certain types of inventions. The trade secret protection is very different from the patent protection.
Copyright law protects original works of expression. A copyright prevents another from copying literary works; musical works; dramatic works; choreographic works; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and other similar devices.
A trademark is a word, phrase, or symbol that is distinctive of goods or services and is used in a manner that identifies those goods or services and distinguishes them from the goods or services of others. Trademark registration is often beneficial for businesses.