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Trademark vs Copyright Protection


Trademark and copyright registrations are both issued by the federal government and protect two distinct types of intellectual property. Here are some key differences:
A Trademark protects names, terms and symbols that are used to identify the source of goods and/or services on the market. In other words, a trademark lets the consumer distinguish one company's offerings from another's. Trademarks include brand names such as "Coca-Cola" and images such as Nike's famous "swoosh." As the owner of a federally registered trademark, you can sue for trademark infringement in federal court and prevent the importation of foreign goods that display your trademark.
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A Copyright protects original creative works such as books, movies, songs, paintings, photographs, web content and choreography. As the owner of a federally registered copyright, you can control how your work is reproduced, distributed and presented publicly, and you can sue infringers in federal court and prevent others from importing infringing goods.
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Trademarks

Trademarks Protect:
  • Company, brand, or product names
  • Logos and other marks used to identify a company or product
  • Company taglines and catch phrases such as "just do it."
Copyrights

Copyrights Protect:
  • Books, articles, web content, and other writings
  • Paintings, photographs, and other visual works
  • Songs, movies, television shows and ads
  • Recorded dances, choreography and other performing arts works
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