Quick Answer: How Do I Copyright A Name?

You don’t actually need to register your song with the Federal copyright office to own the copyright (at least in the United States).

The moment you put your song into tangible form – written down or recorded – you automatically get the six exclusive rights we just looked at..

You can not register a trademark for free. However, you can establish something known as a “common law trademark” for free, simply by opening for business. The benefit of relying on common law trademark rights is that it’s free, and you don’t need to do any specific work filling out forms, etc.

Basic Facts: Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights Must all trademarks be registered? No, registration is not mandatory. You can establish “common law” rights in a mark based solely on use of the mark in commerce, without a registration.

How do I protect my business name?

Trademark. A trademark can protect the name of your business, goods, and services at a national level. Trademarks prevent others in the same (or similar) industry in the U.S. from using your trademarked names.

How long does it take to trademark a name?

A standard trademark application is normally examined in around three to four months from the time it is filed.

The cost to trademark a name at the federal level ranges from $225 to $400 plus legal fees or $50 to $150 for a state trademark. The average cost to trademark a logo is $225 to $600 plus any legal fees. Get free estimates from trademark attorneys near you.

Should I get a trademark or LLC first?

In many cases, a business will want to start the trademark application as soon as their LLC or corporation paperwork is filed. By filing for a trademark prior to launch, you can be sure that your name is protected once you begin commercial sales. However, there may be an even stronger reason to apply early.

Can 2 businesses have the same name?

Because business names are registered on a state-by-state basis, the fact that a company in another state has the same name as yours is usually not a cause for concern. However, you are right in that there could be intellectual property issues (namely, trademark) when two companies have the same name.

How much does it cost to get a name copyrighted?

An applicant may only apply for a single trademark in an application. The cost to file an application is generally $250-$350. However, if you apply to trademark multiple classes of goods or services, you must file separate applications and pay separate filing fees for each. This process can get expensive.

How to Trademark a PhraseStep 1: Conduct a Trademark Phrase Search. … Step 2: Fill Out the Trademark Phrase Application. … Step 3: Submit the Application and Pay the Trademark Application Fee. … Step 4: Respond Promptly to Office Actions or Other USPTO Correspondence. … Step 5: Wait for Your Trademark Registration to be Approved.More items…•

At the most basic level, a trademark protects logos and slogans while a copyright protects creative intellectual design. However, the copyright doesn’t protect short phrases often found in a logo; that is protected by the trademark.

Fill out the application online on the official site of United States Copyright Office. Besides, you can also submit the application in a paper form. Pay a registration fee (for the logo it’s $39) with a card, electronic check or your deposit account with the U.S. Copyright Office.

If you don’t officially register a copyright, this is absolutely free. You might need additional intellectual property protection as well, but most copyright protections are free and automatic.

Filing a Copyright Registration Application Go to the U.S. Copyright Office website. Select “Electronic Copyright Registration” to fill in the Form VA online for registration of a work of Visual Arts. Name the creator of the logo and include contact information for the owner. Many logos are works for hire.

What happens if someone trademarks your business name?

If someone uses your name, simply showing proof that you’ve trademarked the name could be enough to convince a business to choose something else. Most importantly, if you must go to court, you’ll have legal proof that you registered the name. However, you don’t have to trademark your business name to protect it.