Difference between Copyright and Trademark

Both copyrights and trademarks help protect the Intellectual Property of your business or brand. A Copyright will protect your interest in an original work, while a Trademark will protect words, names, and symbols. Companies who have protected their intellectual property rights by securing a copyright or trademark have a right to file suit against others who use their copyright or trademark without permission.

What are my Intellectual Property Rights?

Intellectual Property can include works, processes, symbols, designs, trade secrets, and proprietary research that were created or owned by a company. To enforce ownership and right to use intellectual property, the business owner must register is at the United States Copyright Office or the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Copyright Protection

A copyright protects original works created ina fixed medium including "literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works." A work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that is perceptible either directly or with the aid of machine or device. However, registration is required if a business wants to sue over the use of the work by another party.

The United States Copyrights Office provides a helpful FAQ for most general Copyright questions. FAQ Link Here.

Trademark Protection

A trademark protects "words, names, sounds, or colors that distinguish goods and services from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods." The company can register a trademark for its slogan, logos, business name, or other items that brand the company or product.

We are committed to protecting your Intellectual Property rights. Contact me or give me a call at (615) 953-4971 to discuss your case.

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