One of the great rights enjoyed by residents of the United States is the ability to legally protect your intellectual property. Things like trademark law and copyright law establish protections for owners against infringement and dilution of your trademark and copyright work.
Before deciding on the best course of action, it’s important to know the difference between a trademark and a copyright.
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used in a general sense to refer to both trademarks and service marks.
A copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. The duration of copyright protection depends on several factors. For works created by an individual, protection lasts for the life of the author, plus 70 years. For works created anonymously, pseudonymously, and for hire, protection lasts 95 years from the date of publication or 120 years from the date of creation, whichever is shorter.
There are many stipulations that constitute trademark and copyright infringement, but an experienced attorney will help you navigate those. If you have a trademark that you need to register or are seeking a copyright, or just have general questions about applying for a trademark or copyright, contact the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett for a free consultation to learn the best ways to do so. We have handled these applications for many clients and take great pride in assisting with this important process.
Fighting For Your Trademark and Copyright Protections
The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett litigates claims of direct copyright infringement, inducement to infringe and contributory infringement, among others, and provides copyright representation for both plaintiffs and defendants.
To talk to a skilled attorney about copyright or trademark registration in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, and Winnebago County, call the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett at (815) 391-0089 or reach us by e-mail for a free consultation.