Copyright and trademark are two different categories of intellectual property security.
Copyright protects original works of creation like written works, musical compositions, visual arts, and some other types of works like sound recordings and architectural plans. Copyright protection is immediately given once a work is fixed in a tangible shape, such as being written down or recorded. However, registering a copyright with the appropriate government agency (such as the U.S. Copyright Office) may have additional legal benefits, such as the ability to bring a lawsuit for infringement in federal court.
Contrarily, a trademark is a word, phrase, emblem, or design that identifies and distinguishes one party's goods or services from those of other parties. Trademarks can be anything from company names and logos to slogans to colors and noises. Unlike copyright, which can only be gained through use in commerce or by registering the mark with the appropriate government agency, trademark rights must be acquired in order to be protected (such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office). A trademark registration gives the mark's proprietor international rights and the ability to sue for trademark infringement in federal court.
Typically, requests for copyright and trademark protection are made to the appropriate government agency, and the process may involve administrative and judicial steps.
Patent services are specialized services that assist individuals and organizations in obtaining patents for their inventions. Performing a patent search to determine whether an invention is novel and not obvious, creating and submitting a patent application, and working with a patent attorney to navigate the legal requirements for getting a patent are a few of the services provided here. Some patent businesses also provide additional services like licensing, litigation, and copyright infringement analysis.
However, trademark services are specialized services that assist individuals and organizations in obtaining trademarks for their brand names, emblems, and other distinctive marks. These services might include conducting a trademark search to determine whether a proposed mark is already in use, creating and filing a trademark application, and working with a trademark attorney to complete the necessary paperwork for trademark registration. Some trademark services also provide additional services like licensing, litigation, and investigation into trademark infringement.
Intellectual property consulting firms, legal offices, and patent and trademark attorneys can all provide both patent and trademark services.