What Should Be Copyrighted?

If the law allows, you should consider copyrighting, trademarking, or patenting the following elements of your business:

  • Company name, logo, and motto
  • Domain name
  • Product designs
  • Underlying technologies

Depending on your jurisdiction, you may also be able to protect confidential information, like trade secrets, processes, and procedures. In general, the following items cannot be copyrighted:

  • Individual names
  • Ideas that have not been implemented
  • Generic designs and items (for example, a plain T-shirt)