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Old 01-17-2019, 07:44 PM
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Trademark vs copyright protection...

I have a design that I've already filed for a trademark on...just in the waiting game now. I've been told that I may want to file for copyright protection.

Looking at the differences, I'm thinking trademark is enough, but would like someone else with experience to pop in and explain it better to me.

The logo design, like I said, has already had the papers filed and such for the trademark...
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:28 PM
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This is one of the best explanations of common law trade mark versus registered that I have read or seen:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unregistered_trademark
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:01 PM
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Just as a point, a trademark is only as strong as your willingless to sue to defend it. It is not automatically protected. Remember you will have to fight for it over the years if it gets stolen and used by others.
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:31 PM
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For sure, theft of trade marked property, goods and services is rampant. Once you go public with your idea, the idea thieves move in to rip you off. I know of people who made the decision to not open a business, franchise, etc. because they knew the moment they did, the thieving would start.


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Old 01-18-2019, 11:10 PM
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Oh, I'm sure it will wind up being copied. It's a logo that means something to a certain group in our society...the blue collar worker that gets their hands dirty to provide for their family. I sent out a hundred decals of the logo, and have been taking orders for more. I'm working with a branding company in Idaho, owned by a good friend of mine, that is producing t-shirts for me, and I'm getting ready to produce hats, shirts, hoodies, and other products to sell with the logo on it.
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:58 AM
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Well, in the past month, I've paid for trademark filing, and began marketing product and merchandise with the logo on it. I've shipped to 17 states, sold over 36 shirts, and apparently someone in Illinois liked it so much that he had the design tatooed on his arm.

The wife has also been acid etching the logo into shot and rocks glasses to fill an order.

All those years stuck in my chair taught me to always be on the look out for another way to make money. I bought a small vinyl cutter, initially to supply my brother's small woodcrafts business, but that took off to the point I have 5 local small woodcrafts business I supply. The logo was handed to me by my step son, saying he wanted a decal. It grew into what it is now, and is still growing.

I've got hats coming soon to be embroidered, patches to attach to knitted winter hats, hoodies to order, etc. These guys are loving this!!
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:28 AM
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Excellent ! I like seeing folks make their way .

I'm Blue Collar yet I have no idea what this means......

Please elucidate .
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Old 02-17-2019, 04:58 PM
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Excellent ! I like seeing folks make their way .

I'm Blue Collar yet I have no idea what this means......

Please elucidate .
DHCM Dirty Hands Clean Money. it's a way of being proud of getting your hands dirty for a living, because you make clean money to provide for your family.
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:58 AM
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Thumbs up "DHCM"

That's brilliant ! .

Thank you .

I spent 15 hours yesterday up to my armpits in a 1979 Dodge D200 crewcab, it needs so much work done......

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Old 02-18-2019, 11:32 AM
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DHCM Dirty Hands Clean Money. it's a way of being proud of getting your hands dirty for a living, because you make clean money to provide for your family.
Well done! Good luck with it!
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