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J. Nevin Shaffer, JR. J. Nevin Shaffer, JR.
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What is the difference between a trademark and a copyright?

There are two forms of intellectual property and they overlap a little bit. A trademark is a word, symbol or slogan that one business uses to identify and distinguish their goods or their service from their competitors. And, the copyright covers original works of art and authorship. The copyright, for a design for example, wherever it shows up, would be a copyright infringement unless it was authorized. Whereas, in a trademark, unless it shows up on the good or the product it was registered for, it would not be a trademark infringement. So, if you have a design element you would want to copyright and trademark it for your company.

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