Modesto, CA asked in Intellectual Property for California

Q: I am creating a website that uses current online technology but, has not been used in my industry, can I patent the use

Can I patent, copywrite the way this technology is used within my website so as to deter others from copying their use in this specific industry that currently doesn't use it?

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A: I don't think that you can copyright the way this technology is used because copyright law does not protect ideas, however, you can copyright the content of your web site, the way your web site looks, and even to some extent some design aspects of your web site (i.e. arrangement of parts, etc). As to the patent protection, it would depend on what is out there in the public domain and non-obvious in the use of this technology. I would recommend contacting a patent attorney or an Intellectual Property Attorney for further advice.

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