Trademark vs Copyrights and Patents

Trademark vs Copyrights and Patents

Trademarks distinguish your goods/ services from that of others. In contrast, copyrights give you the right to copy a work. A copyright is the exclusive legal right to produce, reproduce, publish or perform an original literary, artistic, dramatic or musical work.

A key distinction between trademark and copyright is that one’s copyright – that is, their exclusive legal right – automatically exists the moment the original work is created. Additionally, unlike the 10 years of exclusive protection afforded to trademark, copyright exists in Canada during your lifetime and for 50 years following your death.

Patents are another form of protection under the Intellectual Property umbrella and protect inventions, such as new processes, equipment or manufacturing techniques.

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