When it comes to intellectual property, it’s important to know your rights. Browse these resources and links to find answers to pending questions as well as basic steps you can take to ensure your protection.
A trademark is anything (word, symbol, device, sound, or color) that uniquely identifies a particular company’s products or services. Trademarks are not absolute: they can only be protected in relation to specific products and/or services.
In the U.S., trademark rights endure for as long as the mark is continuously used and registration is not mandatory, although the benefits of registration are significant. Most countries outside of the U.S. require registration, and rights are generally granted to the first filer.
Some benefits provided by a United States federal trademark registration on the Principal Register:
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Any human expression that is fixed in media, whatever form that may take, can be protected by copyright. For example, web site content, computer programs, photographs, books, blog posts, movies, choreography, musical notation, musical recordings, and YouTube videos can all be protected by copyright.
Under U.S. law, a copyright arises as soon as someone captures content in any non-transitory medium. However, registration is prerequisite to enforcement of a U.S. copyright. Early registration (before an unpublished work is infringed, or, for works made available by the owner to the public, within three months following the public availability of the work) is strongly recommended in order to take full advantage of the remedies available in the copyright statute.