Individuals who invent some products or companies that make some breakthrough innovations need patent and trademark to secure their rights. These are essential for preventing oneandrsquo;s innovation from getting copied or pirated illegally. Both picture and word symbols and their combinations can be used as trademarks. Before applying for a trademark a person or company should make sure that no other entity is using the same symbol or design elsewhere. It would be advisable to seek the services of a professional patent and trademark lawyer to get the job done.