Is a copyright registration easier than a trademark registration?

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eir | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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It's somewhat easier to register a copyright than a trademark. Both require that you fill out a form.

While most copyrights are uncontroversial--it's unlikely that two people will write exactly the same novel--trademarks are examined by an attourney and subjected to a 30 day opposition period, in which anyone can oppose the trademark registration.

They can do so if they believe that:

  • the trademark is too similar to one already in use

or

  • too descriptive--using words that others with similar products need to use

Because there's so much room for overlap, the trademark approval process is longer and more rigorous.