How is a trademark different from a patent or a copyright?
Trademarks protect words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.
- The State of Alaska does registered trademarks. For more information go to Trademark Registration.
- For more information on a federal trademark registration go to www.uspto.gov.
Copyrights protect original works of authorship.
- The State of Alaska does not register copyrights.
- For more information on a federal copyright registration go to www.copyright.gov.
Patents protect inventions or discoveries.
- The State of Alaska does not register patents.
- For more information on a federal patent registration go to www.uspto.gov.
Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be.
You are strongly advised to conduct a thorough search of your mark before filing. If you require assistance, you are advised to seek the services of an attorney or other qualified professional specializing in the area of trademark law.
If you have questions you can reach us at either the Juneau or Anchorage phone numbers listed below or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org