In the graphic deisng world you can only patent or copyright things that are created by yourself. You can copyright anything you created, this means you make people informed that you don’t want that people copy it. When you want a real copyright, that means people may use it but pay for it, you have to pay for that. Same with patent. If you copyright or patent a thing, Here in the Netherlands you can choose to pay 500 euro to patent 1 things for 50 years afther your death. That mean everyone may use it, but then the law says the person has to pay or pay a bill. This is really evil, and we should do that with the Blender Logo and patent the logo on a virtual person which lifes forever, and the logo will be patented forever Which I did with something who’s called JD-Multi, and is a invisible person which will life forever.
The same idea with virtual person is used by many companies. So when they can’t get the bussines running naymore the virtual person with the real bank account is totally bankrupt, while the real boss didn’t lose anything from the money he received over the years. Real smart and allowed here. 8)