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Patent vs Trademark: Which one is preferred?

Sarbojeet JanaSarbojeet Jana Columbus, OhioPosts: 19subscriber Bronze Level Member
If a startup has a brilliant idea that can be patented but does not have enough funding to carry forward, can registering a trademark help in that case? 

I recently started working on a startup called Abstract Tube and I filed for a provisional patent at USPTO. But I figured filing non provisional patent is so expensive. Any suggestion on how to protect the idea if I don't have enough budget to file for a non provisional patent? 

Please advise and comment.
Thanks. 
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