If you actively work in the creative space, the trademark and copyright processes are important things to consider. Trademarking and copywriting are vital when it comes to protecting your original content. In this post we are breaking down the difference between the two options and how you can register your own work in the future.
For those who are not familiar, a trademark is a symbol, word or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. Before moving forward with this process you need to ensure no one else is using your logo/symbol. You are able to check by searching your logo in the U.S Patent and Trademark Attorney’s Office (USPTO). Once you’ve completed this step, you can apply to register with the USPTO. Application fees tend to cost around $500 and that does not include attorney fees. Every application is a case by case basis but on average, approval could take up to six to nine months.
Copyright registration varies from trademark registration. To start, copyright covers books, songs, photos, art and films- just to name a few. Creators who want to secure this kind of content can visit copyright.gov. There one can submit up to 10 unpublished works on just one application.