When it comes to protecting your intellectual property some of the best ways to prevent infringement is trademarking your intellectual property or to copyright your material. For some, determining whether a trademark or a copyright is best can be quite confusing. However as a North Carolina intellectual property lawyer, Ryan Stowe can help.
A trademark is any word, name, sound, or symbol that a company uses to distinguish its goods and services from the goods and services of others. In short, trademarks are how we identify brands for goods and services. Trademark law prevents consumer confusion in the marketplace, but it can be confusing to budding entrepreneurs. The Polaris Law Firm is here to simplify the process and help you secure a brand identity as unique as the goods and services you provide. We offer free consultations for trademarking, so there is no reason not to contact us asap!
Copyright registration is the best way to ensure that your created works are safe. When your created works are safe you have legal rights to them. Typically you’ll need a copyright attorney to navigate the finer points of intellectual property protection. The Polaris Law Firm can assist you with everything from initial registration to fielding buyers interested in purchasing the rights to your work. Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment with our Salisbury and surrounding cities, such as Charlotte, North Carolina copyright lawyers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between ™ and ®?
People use ™ to signify rights in a trademark. What this means for you is that if you have not yet registered your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) you should list a ™ instead of a ®. The same goes for those applications submitted but not yet accepted. TM is typically used to protect an unregistered mark by alerting the public that a term, slogan, or logo is being claimed as a trademark. However, the use of TM does not guarantee the owner’s mark will be protected under trademark law. The R symbol denotes a trademark which has been registered with the USPTO. The use of the symbol may only occur after the USPTO registers the mark. Registering your trademark gives you superior rights over others in the U.S. to use your trademark in your industry.
Do I need an intellectual property lawyer to file for a trademark?
No, you can file a trademark yourself, however its a great idea to hire a trademark attorney. In addition some consulting firms offer trademarking services. If you choose to employ a consulting firm to protect your intellectual property, be careful! Ensure that a trademark attorney will be completing your trademark application.
What is the difference between a trademark and a service mark?
A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods. In short, a trademark is a brand name.
A service mark is any word, name, symbol, device, used in commerce, to identify and distinguish the services of one provider from the services provided by others, and to indicate the source of the services.
For more information visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office‘s official website.
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