Intellectual property can be a little confusing field, but doing that right can help you avoid getting into many troubles, and helps you protect your legal rights while enjoying the results of your creative labor peacefully.
And two of the most intellectual property rights that are commonly confused are copyright & trademark.
It’s so important to know the difference between the two if you’re thinking about launching a business that involves creating unique goods for placement in the stream of commerce, you must understand the difference between the two.
Copyright & Trademark
The differences between the two
Copyrights and trademarks are both types of intellectual property protection(IP) that protect innovative works, discoveries, premium products, achievements…
Generally, copyrights protect creative or intellectual works, and trademarks apply to commercial names, phrases, and logos.
Copyright protects creative or intellectual works in general, while trademarks cover commercial names, phrases, and logos.
The rights of those who create literary, theatrical, musical, artistic, and some other intellectual works are generally protected by copyright (such as software code).
Trademarks protect a company’s name and product names, as well as brand identity (such as logos)
In this blog post, we’ll focus on copyright protection to help you safeguard your innovative assets
Units of Copyright
Copyright protection means that the owner of the work has the exclusive right to print, display, distribute and perform the work. In addition, the owner has the exclusive right to publish and transmit the work on the Internet..
To ensure copyright protection, a work must be original.
A copyrighted work must be “fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” This may sound technical, but it is important to understand.
Basically, the work must be in a fixed tangible form, such as a book, map, diagram, print, dramatic work, sculpture, film, sound recording, or computer program.
Copyright lasts for the lifetime of the author or creator of the material plus seventy years and now extends to the performance, display, and internet transmission of the work in question.
Copyright can only be registered in the UAE after the creation of the copyright object following the UAE Federal Law No. (7) of 2002 on Copyright and Neighboring Rights.
There are two main requirements – the copyright object should be: a result of intellectual work (no plagiarism) and expressed in an objective form.
You can register your copyright object in the UAE by filling out a simple form with one of the following organizations:
– UAE Ministry of Economy (Copyright Department) – within 1 – 3 months;
– Dubai Copyright Office (official representative of International Online Copyright Office INTERCO, European Union) – within 10 days;
– U.S. Copyright Office (by mail).