Trademarks and Copyrights

Some people confuse patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Although there may be some similarities among these kinds of intellectual property protection, they are different and serve different purposes.

A copyright protects words fixed in a tangible form from being copied, but does not protect the idea or subject matter of the writing.  For example, a description of an invention could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the invention or writing a description of their own. Copyright law does not protect a bare phrase, slogan, or trade name.

A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device which is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. A “servicemark” is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product.

We handle trademark and copyright applications all the time, as well as enforcement of copyrights and trademarks. With the rise of the internet, these rights are infringed upon every day.  We will come up with a plan that suits you best for protecting your intellectual property at a price you can afford. Your rights and recoveries vary depending on whether you have properly filed and obtained registration of your copyrights and trademarks.

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