No matter the size of the company, business owners who take the time to protect their creations with copyrights and trademarks can benefit in the long run. However, with so many things on the mind of a business owner, intellectual property protection can fall by the wayside. In the fast-paced world of today, it is valuable for business owners and entrepreneurs to understand the merits of registering intellectual property, no matter the type of product.
In a nutshell, a copyright is designed to protect artistic and literary products, like movies, books and songs. On the other hand, a trademark is intended to represent the protection of products relating to the brand of a company, like a logo or a slogan. Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate what kinds of products need trademarks or copyrights, but the registration process can help clarify which path to go down. The Small Business Chron reports that it is important for creators of products to demonstrate the unique and original qualities of the product.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) runs the Rocky Mountain Regional Office (RMRO) to serve the innovators of Colorado and the Rockies. In addition to entrepreneurial assistance, RMRO employees are on hand to provide consultations, give information on particular ways to protect intellectual property and offer meeting spaces for likeminded individuals. The USPTO operates at a federal level to record patents and trademarks in the United States; the Copyright Office protects copyrights at a federal level. Both organizations work to enforce the protection of intellectual property in the nation.