Once you have developed your concept, idea, or product, you should start the process of protecting your rights to the idea. One way of doing that is by using the copyright process. This is your legal claim to the rights and ownership of the concept. This is grounded in the U. S. Constitution and is referred to as intellectual property law, or IP. If you happen to go to law school, this is a complete course and I highly recommend it to any prospective attorney.
So your device, idea, or product becomes reality. Congratulations my friend. Perhaps it even becomes well known, like the famous Harley Davidson logo. Ask yourself this, how many companies have customers who tattoo their logos on their bodies? Probably not very many. I think we can all agree that that is one a hell of a brand. As a matter of fact, the Harley Davidson tattoo is reportedly the second most popular tattoo behind the word “mom”!
Thomas Jefferson was a pretty smart fellow. He fully understood the need for inventors of all stripes to have appropriate levels of protection for their invention, under the auspices of the federal government. The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) mission is derived from Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution, “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writing and discoveries,” and the Commerce Clause of the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3) supporting the federal registration of trademarks.