A copyright and trademark are two of the most important intellectual property rights available to businesses and individuals. While both provide legal protection for the creator of intellectual property, there are a few key differences between the two. In today’s blog post from The Patent King®, we are going to discuss some of the key differences between copyrights and trademarks. Read on to learn more.
The Difference Between Copyright and Trademark
The primary purpose of a copyright is to protect the expression of an idea, such as a book, a song, a film, or a painting. The primary purpose of a trademark is to protect words, symbols, or designs which identify a particular product or service and distinguish it from others.
A copyright is owned by the author of the work or the creator of the idea, while trademarks are owned by the company or individual who uses the mark in commerce. Additionally, a copyright does not require registration, but it is recommended for additional protection. In contrast, trademark registration is required to protect a symbol or logo.
When it comes to the scope of copyrights and trademarks, a copyright protects an idea in its entirety, while trademarks only protect symbols or phrases used to identify a particular product or service. Copyright protects creative works from being copied or used without permission, while trademarks protect the use of a symbol or logo from being used by another business.
Copyright protection generally lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years, while trademarks have an indefinite duration as long as the mark is used in commerce and the appropriate registration requirements are met and the owner continues to register and renew the mark.
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Understanding the differences between a copyright and trademark can help you choose the right form of intellectual property protection for your works. With the right protection in place, you can ensure that your works are safeguarded and remain valuable. If you are interested in learning more about copyrights or trademarks, reach out to an intellectual property attorney at The Patent King® today.