Monday, August 06, 2007

How do I Trademark a Slogan?
Here's another question from one of our readers:

Shannon ....

I'm a book author, and I came up with a very 'catchy' slogan to be used in future advertising campaign.

What steps do I need to take to trademark and/or copyright this slogan so that it is exclusively mine??

Alan Roger Currie Author, "Mode One: Let The Women Know What You're REALLY Thinking"

Thanks for your question Alan!

First, it's not possible to copyright a slogan.

Copyrights can be obtained for things of an artistic nature. This includes, of course, poetry, films, sculptures, music, fiction, etc. But can also include things that may not necessarily seem "artistic" in the general sense of the word. Copyrights can also be obtained for advertising copy, games, software programs and blueprints, to name just a few.

It may be possible to file for a trademark for the slogan as long as it's used to indicate & identify the source of goods/services.

If we're talking about a merely informational slogan or a slogan that conveys advertising information, it's not eligible for trademark registration.

Click these links to see what the USPTO has to say:

Slogans or Words Used on the Goods
Slogans, Refusal Based on Descriptiveness
Matter that Does Not Function as a Service Mark

Hope that helps Alan!


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