Why copyrighting a business name is not what you might think, and how to protect your brand name the correct way in the U.S. and internationally.

By Product Dragon—Nonprofit helping ethical product innovators

How to copyright a company name

There’s frequent confusion between trademarking and copyrighting, leading many people to ask how to copyright their company name. However, only a registered trademark can protect a business name.

Copyright protects the original creative expression contained within a work of authorship, such as a book or movie. Likewise, you cannot “patent a name,” as patents protect ideas rather than brands.

Read on to learn how to properly protect your business or product name with a registered trademark.