Sun. Jan 22nd, 2023

Copyright, Designs and Patents legislation

For the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, see the link: Copyright Act – GOV.UK (

Broadly speaking, the difference between a copyright and a patent is that a copyright protects a specific piece of work from being copied/duplicated, whereas a patent protects the process or idea of something, rather than a specific ‘item’. The items which can be copyrighted or patented are also different. See the Patenting your invention – GOV.UK ( page for further information.