A copyright is an important legal document to obtain when you have a product you want to protect. Copyrights are used for many works including computer programs, style guides, recipes, fabric designs, sculpture, literature and other items.
Your small business benefits from having its own property, ideas and ideals. You don't have many, but the patents you do have support your business and your intention to grow it in the future.
The secretary of state's office is in charge of maintaining and registering trademarks and service marks in the state of California. The provisions that apply to trademarks and service marks are located in the Model State Trademark Law, which is found in the California Business and Professions Code.
Copyrights are designed to help people protect their intellectual property. They protect original works such as music or literature. They're designed to stay with you for life and beyond, helping you protect the work you put so much effort into.
Here's an interesting story about a second scientist who has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline. This was the second former scientist who had worked for the company to appear in court and plead guilty to stealing the company's secrets to help benefit a pharmaceutical company based in China that they had been a part in establishing.