Savage, MN asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Minnesota

Q: If I created a design/logo for shirts. Should I get copy right, trademark or both? Another ? added to more infor section

Also, the design/logo includes words. So, if I change the words color and/or font does it still protect under the copyright/trademark law still? Even if I submit something to the copyright/trademark in black font and a specific font.

1 Lawyer Answer
Sean Erin Serraguard
Sean Erin Serraguard
  • Trademarks Lawyer
  • Troy, MI

A: Based on the facts we have, it sounds like a trademark. Specificaly, it sounds like two trademarks, a word (standard character) mark containing just the characters and a design (special form) mark containing the logo. Remember that trademarks/service marks are for distinguishing goods and services. Copyrights are for protecting works of art, writing and other creative goods. If you are treating this design as a logo, then trademark. Changing color or font may affect the design mark, depending on the design elements claimed.

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