Copyright or Trademark Unpublished Cartoon Characters

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jun 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Question “Should we Copyright or Trademark unpublished cartoon characters that are jointly owned for the the use of selling merchandise?”

Answer: If cost is an issue, then you should hold off on the trademark, but be sure to use the TM symbol adjacent to your characters and/or names of characters.

You can file the copyright applications online at the US Copyright office. They have instructions and the forms.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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