Do you copyright or trademark your brand?

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    When you create a brand and it goes very big and well, do you copyright or trademark your brand? Like sort of a secure.
     
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    I'm not sure what distinction you're making there. Just to clarify on the differences:


    for more on copyright (US): http://copyright.gov/

    for more on trademarks (US): http://www.uspto.gov/smallbusiness/trademarks/faq.html

    You'll need to check the laws and fees involved for your own country if you're outwith the US.

    If it's written content you're worrying about, that is automatically under copyright protection the minute you create it and put it down on something. Meaning when it's in your head it's not under copyright protection because it's still only an idea. But once you put it down on paper, scribble it on a napkin, type it up on a computer or write it in a journal for example, it is covered.
     
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    Thanks for the explanation. So mine would be under copyright rite? because design and it is under my idea.
     
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    Right, because you have fixed the design in a solid form. I'm no expert on copyright law though so that's to the best of my knowledge. Now, I saw you do logo and t-shirt design (nice work!) and had a look at that where the use of text is involved. There may be slight differences if you use a font that belongs to someone else for example, according to this article on design copyright laws. Take a look at that and also the links at the end of it to see if that helps at all.
     
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    Different laws apply in different countries. However, in Ireland what you are referring to would come under the remit of trademark. In Ireland trademarks are used to protect images used to identify and brand businesses. Read the excerpt below from the Irish Patents Office website.

    The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore defines Trade Marks in a very similar fashion. Intellectual Property is a very complex area of law, and if you are investing a lot of money in your business branding, you should get professional legal advice on the subject.
     
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    Basically, putting a trademark on your brand is the best way to prevent your competitors from copying, using, and earning from your brand, even though it is a design or a product.
     
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    But it does not require any registration rite?
     
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    As far as I know, you need one and you need to pay for registration.
     
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    Ok.........
     
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    50Cent I'd suggest that you contact the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore defines Trade Marks through the contact details on their site. You don't even need to tell them who you are, if you are not comfortable with that. Ask them questions about the exact requirements in your country.

    In most countries you don't need to apply and register for a TradeMark. However, having a TradeMark registered, gives you additional protection from people who might copy your designs.
     
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    But I see that you are using some free fonts on your designs.
    Do you think they allow us, designers, to use their fonts and make them a logo, and earn from it?
     
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    Yeah it will be allow. Most designer are using free and paid fonts for there designs.
     

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