Lawyers, Trademarks and Copyrights of Copyrights

Many people are not sure what kinds of intellectual property fall under copyright laws and which fall under trademark law.

This is something your copyright lawyer will be better able to explain to you if you ever have a problem in this area, but for a brief summary of what both are and the differences between the two, please read.

One of the main differences between the two is in what they actually cover. If you are talking to your lawyers, they will be able to tell you that copyrights refer to content that has been recorded in some way. This could include sound recordings, movies and other broadcasts, works of art, literary works, corporate literature, computer programs and more. However, it does not include names or names because they are considered too general. It also does not include ideas; covers only created physical content.

Trademarks, on the contrary, include things like names, slogans, designs, symbols, and other things that identify a particular organization or product. Another major difference between the two is that copyright is an automatic international law, whereas trademarks require registration and relate to a particular country or territory. These are differences that your lawyers can fully explain.

If you use a trademark, you will also be able to use the & to indicate that this is a trademark or if you sign up for it, you will be able to use the ® marker (even if you never use it if you have not actually registered your trademark because it is illegal). If you register your trademark, you should remember that it may take up to 18 months for it to be processed, although it will usually be much faster.

While trademarks usually apply only to specific territories, there is now a common trademark that applies to all EU countries. Your copyright lawyer can advise you on whether your copyright is suf fi cient to apply, or whether you should be warned to register a trademark in order to protect a particular part of your work. It generally depends on what you specifically want to protect and what is in it.

For example, you can protect a part of a larger copyrighted work (for example, an identifying symbol that does not need to be protected), and that is something the lawyer advises to tell you.