Trademark and Copyright

trademark_and_copyright.jpgYou created it, now protect it. Federal copyright and trademark registration will help you protect your intellectual property. Successfully registering your copyright or trademark lets everyone know that the copyrighted material or trademark has an owner and will prevent others from using your ideas without your permission.



If you are the original author of an original work (literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works) you can register this work with the US Copyright Office. If you hold a copyright, then you are the only one allowed to reproduce, distribute or perform the work. As a general rule, anyone else wanting to use your material must get your permission. Copyrighting your work will help should you need to pursue someone for using your material, prevent anyone from claiming they didn't know your material was copyrighted and allow up to $150,000.00 in damages for each infringement and attorney's fees. 


Read more about Copyright from the US Copyright Office's Copyright fact sheet.



Filing a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office can ensure that no one else in your field will use your mark or name or one that is similar, which prevents brand confusion and keeps your mark distinct. Among other benefits, with a federal trademark you are automatically  presumed to be the owner of the mark and allows you to file in federal court and collect damages and attorney's fees. 


Read more about Trademark from the US Patent and Trademark Office's FAQ's.





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