Can You Copyright Trademark Rights?
The term “intellectual property” includes patents, copyright, trade mark, designs, business know-how and it is easy to miss out on getting proper legal protection by mixing these different rights up, but if you are looking to protect copyright, trademark registration is undoubtedly what you should be considering.
Whilst copyright arises naturally in an artistic work, like a design, logo or graphic, there is no such concept as name copyright. Trademark protection is really the only way to secure proper legal protection for a name and the same also goes for designs, logos and graphics that are used as part of a brand identity. Although copyright may exist in these, it is foolhardy to rely on copyright to assert exclusive rights. All of these items, although copyright, should be protected by formal trademark registration.
Trying to assert exclusive rights on the basis of copyright alone is unsatisfactory. It is often difficult to prove originality and even original designs can be subject to attack on the basis of similar designs, sometimes almost identical, that are not copies but have actually been independently created. In order to establish legal ownership of any item that is copyright, trademark registration is the way to go. Trademark registration does away with a lot of legal problems and establishes a 10 year, renewable period of exclusive ownership that is clear and easily proven in cases of conflict.
As patent, copyright, trade mark and design often overlap in their application, it is important that the appropriate professional advice is sought to ascertain exactly which area of law should be relied on to provide the necessary protection for businesses.
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