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The 2021 Edition is Available for A Trademark is Not a Copyright or a Patent by William M. Borchard


We are pleased to announce that Bill Borchard has produced the 2021 edition of his popular publication A Trademark is Not a Copyright or a PatentThis is its 47th year, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the first year we are not printing this publication.  Instead, we invite you to download as many copies as you wish from our website

The main changes in this edition concern:


  • The reduction to 27 member countries of the European Union after the exit of the United Kingdom.
  • Three new validity challenges to trademark applications and registrations, which will become effective December 27, 2021.


  • The new felony penalty for digital services that stream copyrighted works without authorization.
  • The new Copyright Claims Board to be established in the next 18 months to adjudicate some copyright small claims.

For further information please contact William M. Borchard or your CLL attorney.

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