Should I Register My Mark? Yes!

Should I Register My Trademark? YesA pal and I walked across the parking lot at the Maryland State Bar Association conference last month looking for a lunch joint; the topic of our conversation was whether and why copyright and trademark registrations are necessary and beneficial.

My bud correctly pointed out that a trademark acquires common law rights as soon as it is used on goods or services, and a copyright exists as soon as the work is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. The bulb over my head lit up; my June column was born. I offered to buy him an adult beverage, or two, for the idea.

“You’re correct,” I said. “Both copyrights and trademarks exist without registration, but registration of both confers substantial and valuable rights.”

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