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The Intersection of Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

The Intersection of Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

Trademarks, copyrights, and patents employ different processes for approval or registration. In general, these are protections for different types of intellectual property. There may be some times when you have a question about which one fits your intellectual property the best. While there is little overlap between the three categories, there are times when a work can be on the line of what type of protection you need.

One way in which trademarks and copyrights may intersect is when you have a brand logo. On the one hand, it may be a work of art that would be protected by a copyright. On the other hand, a brand logo would represent the public’s association with your brand and be a part of your goodwill. Here, you would get broader protection when you apply for a trademark. Your financial investment would be much better protected when you apply for a trademark, and you could take more vigorous action to enforce your rights.

Another example of a work that can be secured by more than one type of protection is a computer program. These works can be copyrighted or patented. A copyright may be easier and quicker to obtain. Although a patent would involve a much more detailed process, you would have broader protection under a patent.

Contact an Orlando Intellectual Property Attorney Today

As always, an experienced attorney would advise you on which type of protection works best for you. They would review your work and let you know what you may qualify for and how to go through the process. It is worth it to invest in protecting your intellectual property. You can message us online or call us today at 866.377.2836.

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