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It's impossible to copyright a name, and many people confuse copyrights with trademarks. Find out how to have a name trademarked with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on law and legal questions.

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You've come up with a really inventive name for your business and you want to make sure that your idea is protected so you want to copyright that name. Hello, I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question, how to copyright a name. Well first of all, you cannot copyright a name. Individuals confuse copyright with trademark. You can get a trademark for the name that describes a service or business or something of that nature. One of the first places you want to look is the United States Patent and Trademark Office. They have a toll free number and they have a website. We would encourage you to go on the website, check it out, see if you understand the terminology and the process and procedure that is described on that website, and if so, complete the process yourself. On the other hand, if you don't understand the terminology, or you are confused by the process or procedure that is described on that website, we strongly urge you to consider hiring the services of a patent and trademark attorney who is familiar with the process. It will be money well spent and certainly will protect your trademark name. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.

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