Re: Copyrighted characters name issue
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Posted by Stephan L. Anderson on October 09, 2002 at 16:32:51:
In Reply to: Copyrighted characters name issue posted by Petter Holmberg on October 07, 2002 at 06:17:12:
There are several ways to protect new and inventive ideas used in business. These include: trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets (proprietary business methods, contacts,
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Beyond the basics, our attorneys and agents work to create INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SOLUTIONS which maximize each of our clients' unique and distinct personalities and properties.
However, we do not usually provide specific legal advice to persons other than our retained clients. For now, we offer the following tips and suggestions which may or may not apply in your particular situation.
Let's break it down:
1) Copyright is a form of protection provided to authors of "original works of authorship", including literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, graphic arts and other creations. Copyright protects the author's original expression as contained in a creative work but DOES NOT
Original and expressive designs, drawings, cartoons, graphic artworks, and other original works may be protected under copyright law -
However BRAND NAMES, SHORT SLOGANS and COMMON
BUSINESS NAMES, PRODUCT NAMES, CHARACTER LOGOS AND DISTINCTIVE SLOGANS used to promote the sale of certain goods or services; to distinguish
Trademark protects company names like: DISNEY, STARBUCK'S, MCDONALD'S, or FORD; product names like POKEMON, OREOS, BIG MAC or EXPLORER; personal names like: LAURA ASHLEY or CALVIN KLEIN; slogans like WASSUP?; WE LOVE TO SEE YOU SMILE, or THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE; designs like: the "GOLDEN ARCHES" or the NIKE "SWOOSH", characters symbol and names like: "SNAP CRACKLE & POP" or RONALD MCDONALD, BARNEY or SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and even sometimes color schemes like: Brown for UPS courier service or Pink for SWEET 'N LOW as well as other types of trade dress, including distinctive packaging, architecture and interior store design and uniforms.
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