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What is a copyright

A copyright falls under the area of intellectual property and by definition, is the exclusive rights awarded to the owner of a creative and original work. A copyright can only be issued by the appropriate intellectual property office (IPO) in the country where the ownership rights are sought […]

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How do trademark laws affect me

Every country that recognizes trademarks and provides for the registration of trademarks will adopt a trademark law as a regulatory framework for the use of trademarks in that country and the enforcement of trademark rights. When registering your trademark it is advised that…

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The Lanham Trademark Act

The Lanham Trademark Act, referred to in many countries as the Lanham Act or Trademark Act, is a piece of legislation providing the federal statues and overall regulatory framework for US trademarks. Passed on 5th July 1946, the act is an instrumental tool in ensuring…

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How to avoid trademark genericide

Trademark genericide is a term given to a mark or brand name that has become a generic or everyday description for the particular type of service or product it is linked with. A mark should be non descriptive and therefore ensuring the mark remains only a branding for a product, however some marks…

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What is a trade dress

A trade dress is the term given to the visual make up and characteristics of a product or packaging that identifies to the consumers the source of the product. Trade dress terminology is not recognized in every jurisdiction and protection cannot be sought where the country does not provide specifically for trade dress…

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What do trademark symbols signify

There are three main types of trademark symbols, the TM symbol, the SM symbol, and the R symbol. The TM symbol signifies that the mark is not registered with an intellectual property organization. It is used on marks that promote…

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What can be a copyright

A copyright forms one of the main areas of intellectual property and offers protection and rights for intellectual properties that are considered a form of expression. Generally a copyright will include a specific symbol on the property – C inside a circle – and this demonstrates to competitors and all […]

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What is copyright infringement

Copyright is a type of intellectual property right that is given to the owner of the intellectual property where the IP falls under one of the following categories; music, art work, literary work, motion pictures, drawings, dramatic works and computer programs. Owning your own copyright effectively protects your […]

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Who is a trademark attorney

It is highly advised when creating, registering, protecting and renewing your trademark that you enlist the professional guidance of a trademark attorney. A trademark attorney is a certified legal representative that specializes in the area. However you can seek the help of most intellectual property lawyers as they […]

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