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The Importance of Trademarks for Churches

Your ministry's goodwill and reputation are on the line.

Once strictly a concern of businesses, "branding" is just as important today for nonprofits, including churches. Although churches and ministries typically do not market products and services in the same way as businesses, they still rely on their names, logos, slogans, and other trademarks to express their identities and convey messages to the public.

Every organization, including churches (whether they know it or not) has a brand. The word "brand" has many definitions, but generally includes the public identity that signifies the ideas and values setting an organization apart from others. Trademarks—including names, logos, and slogans—encapsulate an organization's brand.

Although church trademarks may never be known as well as corporate brands like Apple or Google, they nevertheless serve equally important purposes for their constituencies—and therefore often merit protection. ...

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  • June 26, 2014

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