Copyright and Trademark are different kinds of intellectual property (IP). Meaning creations of the mind – like art, inventions, designs, or names and symbols.
IP laws enable people to benefit from what they invent or create. If you own a house, you can sell it, or rent it out. This is like that, but for creations of the mind; that’s why it’s called intellectual property.
So what’s copyright? What’s trademark?
Copyright protects original creative work from being copied and exploited; like:
- Other original writing
- Paintings and drawings
- Other forms of audio and video materials
- Computer software
- Scholarly Research
Trademarks identify the source of goods or services for consumers’ positive association between the products/services and their source is the trademark’s “goodwill,” and it is a valuable asset for the trademark owner.
Copyright comes into existence automatically whenever a work is created and put in a fixed and tangible form (basically legalese for “written down”).
Trademarks are created when the name, word, logo, etc. is being used.
That’s your overview of copyright -original creative works vs trademark - source identifiers for goods and services.