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A trademark is defined as a recognizable sign, design, or expression that identifies a product or service from a particular source from those associated with some other source. Trademarks that are associated with services oftentimes are called service marks. A trademark is a form of intellectual property, like a patent or copyright.

The owner of trademark can be an individual, business, or any legal entity under the law. A trademark itself can be placed on a package, a label, or on the product itself. In the case of a business trademark or corporate identity, a trademark oftentimes is displayed on a building.

A copyright is a legal right that is created by law that grants the creator of original work the exclusive right to it for use and distribution. A copyright provides this legal protection for a specific period of time.

A copyright does provide exclusive rights, but the copyright law itself provides for some exceptions. One primary exception is that a copyright protects the expression of ideas, but not the underlying ideas themselves. In addition, the fair use doctrine permits the limited use of copyrighted material, in a specifically delineated manner.

As is the case with patent law, trademark and copyright law can prove to be complicated. This particularly can prove to be the case when a trademark of copyright has been infringed. In such a situation, an individual or business facing a trademark or copyright infringement issue may want to give serious consideration to retaining the services of an experienced trademark attorney or copyright attorney.