Hi! Thanks for the question.
If you will be making t-shirt designs then you would need both
trademarks and copyrights to protect your company and your art work.
Since you are in the UK, the procedures suitable for you can be found
at the UK Patent Office website.
Trademarks protect your company as a whole like your logo. It gives
protection to your distinct company mark. First the UK Patent website
provides a definition of what a trademark protection is all about.
?A trade mark is any sign which can distinguish the goods and services
of one trader from those of another. A sign includes, for example,
words, logos, pictures, or a combination of these.?
?Basically, a trade mark is a badge of origin, used so that customers
can recognise the product of a particular trader.?
?What is a Trade Mark??
They also have a webpage detailing the benefits of acquiring such a trademark.
?Benefits of trade mark protection?
Please read the FAQ here since it will give you a view as regards to
other issue and to what other government agencies you may need to
Our next two links gives out the procedures and necessary forms to
apply for trademarks.
Here are some legal case decisions as regards to apparel and trademarks.
?CARTOON NETWORK (stylised) & device?
?KOP'S F.O.O.T.W.E.A.R & device?
Now let us go to copyrights. Trademarks protect your overall company
design like a logo but copyrights would be good to use to protect the
individual t-shirt designs you will make. However, unlike copyrights,
the UK laws treat it differently.
?Before you go any further you need to know that there is no official
register for copyright. It is an unregistered right (unlike patents,
registered designs or trade marks). So, there is no official action to
take, (no application to make, forms to fill in or fees to pay).?
UK laws treat somebody has copyright as soon as such works are made
and shown to the public.
?Copyright comes into effect immediately, as soon as something that
can be protected is created and "fixed" in some way, eg on paper, on
film, via sound recording, as an electronic record on the internet,
They suggest that you put the copyright symbol © plus your name and a
waning that this design is copyrighted. Included things that can be
copyrighted that directly reflect your concerns are ?original artistic
Please read the details here.
?What is Copyright??
If you need more information please go to our next link.
?Copyright gives protection to the creators of certain kinds of material?
Search terms used:
UK t-shirt trademark copyright cases
I hope these links would help you in your research. Before rating this
answer, please ask for a clarification if you have a question or if
you would need further information.
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