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.

My Blog Postings from the 2013 World Creators Summit


From June 4th-June 5th I had the honor of being one of five official bloggers for the World Creator's Summit (Formerly known as the World Copyright Summit).  Below are links for the seven blog articles I covered for the event!  


Connecting Creators and Consumers



Maria A. Pallante's Speech - The US Agenda - The Perspective of the Copyright Office.



Orphan works




Collective vs. Direct Licensing



The US Agenda - Time for an Overhaul of Copyright Law



Copyright + Innovation = Growth?



Protecting IP in the Digital Age