You’ve worked hard to build your business or body of work and you want to protect it…but you don’t know if you should copyright or trademark your work. You’ve conducted online research and – instead of gaining knowledge – you’re more confused than before you began.
Trademarks, patents, and copyrights are different types of intellectual property (IP).
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents and registers trademarks. Trademarks are an essential part of your business. If a name or logo is being used to advertise your business, you very well might have a trademark. If that’s the case, you should protect that name or logo through the federal registration process. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a trademark is defined as any word, phrase, symbol, design, or a combination of these things that identifies your goods or services. It’s how customers recognize you in the marketplace and distinguish you from your competitors. The word “trademark” can refer to both trademarks and service marks. A trademark is used for goods, while a service mark is used for services.
The U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress registers copyrights. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, a copyright is a type of IP that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. Original works can include books and research. It’s what businesses generally think of first when an item of IP has been created that they want protected from use by others.
Join us on May 18, 2022 (10am-12pm PT / 1-3pm ET), when our expert presenters will:
- Provide suggestions for acquiring, protecting, and enforcing your IP rights
- Share effective ways to differentiate between copyrights and trademarks
Do you have questions about copyrights and trademarks that you would like the presenters to address? Submit your questions in advance to Natasha Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org . A Q&A session will follow the presentations.
- Nancy Del Pizzo, Esq., Partner, Rivkin Radler, LLP
- William Rava, Esq.,, Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP
- Erica Stump, Esq., President/Owner, Erica W. Stump, P.A. Law Firm
- AHPA Members: $199
- Non-Members: $399