Copyright and trademark protect different types of intellectual property. While copyright protects the expression or use of an idea, such as music, graphics, and logos, a trademark protects the idea itself, including distinctive phrases or items that make up the final product.

To protect a brand's identity and products, it's highly advised to copyright and trademark a business logo. In some cases, business owners may be required to trademark a logo if it includes distinctive identifiers that are unique to their business.

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How to Copyright a Logo:

Three easy steps on how to copyright a business logo.

Create a Shipping Slip:

If you're required to ship physical copies of your logo, you must create a unique shipping slip. To create a slip, scroll to the bottom of the uploads page and click on "Create Shipping Slip."

A shipping slip will automatically be generated and appear on screen where you'll be given the opportunity to save it. The shipping slip must be attached to the physical copies of your work before mailing it to the address provided.

How to Trademark a Logo

Learn how to trademark a business logo with our step-by-step guide.

FAQs:

It costs $45.00 to copyright a logo in the United States.

You can copyright and/or trademark a logo. While copyright protects the expression or use of a logo, trademark protects the idea itself.

It's not free to officially copyright a logo with the U.S. Copyright Offices. However, registering your business's logo is completely optional. According to the U.S. copyright law, a logo is automatically copyrighted for free once the design is complete.

How do I check if a logo is copyrighted?

Navigate to the U.S. Copyright Office home page and click on "Search Copyright Records" under the "Features" headline to conduct a full copyright search.

A copyright's protection lasts for the life of the creator or claimant, as well as an additional 70 years.

A logo is copyrighted immediately after it's created. However, if you're registering your logo with the U.S. Copyright Office, it can take up to three months to copyright a logo.

Can I put TM on my logo without registering?

Yes. You can add the TM symbol without trademarking your logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Who owns a logo design?

The creator owns the copyrights, while the person who paid for the logo design service owns the logo.

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