What's the difference between a trademark and a copyright?

While trademarks and copyrights are forms of intellectual property, they both protect different property rights.

Copyrights protect the rights to original creative works in fixed tangible format. Typical examples of things subject to copyright protection are original plays, recordings, lyrics, film/tv treatments,  novels, and illustrations. 

Trademarks protect the rights to brand identities. Examples of brand identities are Greyhound, Kellogs, Xerox, Barnes & Noble, Lancome, Marc Jacobs, Bad Boy Entertainment, Shady Records, Fat Possum Records, and more. 

Have a trademark or copyright that you want to protect? Contact info@carrimanlawgroup.com for assistance. 


*Note: This posting does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is expressly and solely provided as general information.