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- Eugene Caloca, Staff Member
here we got another great question from Korra do you put a copyright or a registered mark after your business slogan or phrase my name is Andre Mincha from the founder of trademark factory and here's my answer to this question unless my assumption is incorrect you cannot put either one of those so let me go quickly through this so first of all copyright does not protect short phrases does not protect slogans does not protect taglines that's not what copyright is for copyright protects content rights um they protect original works of art music literature and so on and it does not protect short phrases because otherwise the whole the whole situation would be on workable and so copyright is out of the way which is why I always laugh at you know some some inexperienced business owners who would put a tagline and then the see in a circle or even not not even a tagline they would put it next to their what they think they're brand names or you know a one word and they put a copyright next to it that's not how it works copyright does not protect that and anyone who sees this and knows just this much about intellectual property knows that whoever put that copyright symbol after the brand name knows absolutely nothing about intellectual property and probably the business owner as well and they won't be able to do anything if you were to take it from them now about the are in a circle the registered mark symbol you can only place it if you have a registered trademark and the reason I said I'm assuming that you cannot put either copyright or registered mark is that if you did have a registered trademark you probably wouldn't be asking this question because you would know that's the reason you register your trademark so that you could put the R in a circle after your tagline to stop everyone else in the country from using the same tagline in association with the same or similar products and services so unless you have a registered trademark now I just applied for not just pending but actually register unless you have a trademark registration certificate to back up your ownership of that tagline you cannot put an artist circle after your tagline what you could do if you don't have a register trademark what you really want to show the world that you care about this tagline being perceived as your brand you could put a TM symbol next to it TM means an unregistered trademark but guess what else it also says well what it what other message it sends to the world it sends the message to the world that you care about this brand just not enough to protect it to protect it the only way that brands are designed to be protected which is through filing of a trademark now there is an exception to that if you file a trademark you've got an applied for mark it's going through the the process you can still use the TM and that will show to the world that yes it's an unregistered trademark still on registry but if somebody checks and they go to the government database to see if that tagline has been applied for as a trademark if they see it there they'll know yeah okay that's a legitimate business owner they're doing everything right there they reply for the mark they're gonna get it eventually and when they do they're gonna have a registered mark and then they'll be able to put an R in a circle so there's nothing inherently wrong with the TM symbol all it does is just Telegraph's a simple message to the world that this mark is probably on registered right and then whoever is interested in checking the real status of the mark can go through the trademark database and check and really there's there are three possibilities that they can see the first one actually four possibilities they there's four different things they could see when they search for your tagline in the in the trademark database first thing they can see is nothing right you didn't file for that mark it's not yours okay and that means that you put your TM yeah you care about it not enough to protect it the second possibility is they see that you've got this trademark registered that's the other end of the spectrum it's your trademark you just didn't bother to replace the ironist circle well I'm sorry the TM with an R in a circle that you have the legal right to put but you're not required to so if you have a registered trademark you can still have the TM but of course it's better to put an R historical to make sure everyone really knows it's a registered mark the third situation is when they see that you've applied for this mark it hasn't yet been registered it's a pending process it can take a year or two depending on the country where it happens so they would know again that you're serious about your brand that you're you've taken the right steps and that eventually your trademark will register you'll be able an owner of the wrench a trademark the fourth option is when they see that yes you file for this trademark and for whatever reason you didn't either fully pursue it to registration maybe you got an office action that you didn't respond to or it was registered but if renew it on time and so they'll see that the status of that mark is inactive or dead and that would again tell the world that you're not being serious about your brand that it's as good as not having a trademark at all so that's the fourth fourth option about what they can see actually you know what there's a fifth one there's a fifth one and you know that is he says when somebody else owns the trademark that's probably the worst it's that it's not just that nobody claims it it's not that you don't own it is that somebody else does and if they see that that's a sure sign that you're asking for trouble when you're using somebody elses branding you're putting your TM next to it that's that's that's good that's you can assume to be seeing some legal papers in the Navajo products from some law firm sometime soon because if one person can see that then the owner of that mark will probably be able to see that as well so that's really the answer that the longer answer to a short question right so don't put cop here I don't bother if you got a tag line that you don't care about you can put a TM symbol next to it if you got a tag line that you actually want to out make sure you do the one thing one thing only get that registered as a trademark father trademark application make sure you go through all the steps and eventually you're gonna get the trademark registration certificate and you're gonna be very proud of truly owning your piece of intellectual property your tagline that helps you convert more prospects into purchasing your product and services and hopefully that would be the start of a great legacy for your brand and your business that's that's all I got for you if you like this video like this video if you wanna post your comments post your comment and if you want to subscribe to hear more answers to questions just like this one subscribe it's very simple 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- Eugene Caloca
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