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You Cannot Trademark Logos from Canva

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Canva is great.... but is not the best place to create a logo, or even a branding suite. It's because you CANNOT trademark logos from Canva! Did you know this? It's super important to start spreading the word because your business can depend on it.

REAL TALK šŸ’šŸ»ā€ā™€ļø Canva is great…. but is not the best place to create a logo, or even a branding suite. It’s because you CANNOT trademark logos from Canva! Did you know this? It’s super important to start spreading the word because your business can depend on it. Trust me when I say, it’s better to invest in a legit logo or brand suite up front, versus having to start from scratch down the line or even if you come across a competitor with the same exact logo as you, confusing the heck out of your audience and potential customers.

Canva is great.... but is not the best place to create a logo, or even a branding suite. It's because you CANNOT trademark logos from Canva! Did you know this? It's super important to start spreading the word because your business can depend on it.

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Now before you ask, no matter if you are on the free or pro account, this still applies to all elements and logo examples on Canva. You cannot trademark them. Period. It’s pretty simple if you think about it, those elements are up for grabs for anyone who wants to snag them, meaning you don’t technically own the rights to them, therefore you cannot trademark them.

Canva is great.... but is not the best place to create a logo, or even a branding suite. It's because you CANNOT trademark logos from Canva! Did you know this? It's super important to start spreading the word because your business can depend on it.

If you’ve never heard this before, I’m sorry to break the news but just google it and you’ll see that Canva itself says the following in their terms:

A trademark has to be a unique symbol. For that reason, you can’t use Free or Pro content as part of a trademark, design mark, trade name, business name, service mark, or logo.

Our logo templates are for inspiration ā€“
a starting point for your own unique design.

These are all things to consider if you are just starting out, or even have already created something there. Like I said above, your business might depend on it if you ever plan on getting a trademark or just want security that no one else in your niche has the same logo as you.

A brand should be unique to you, and your business only, not 1,000s of others using the same formatting or symbols. With that in mind, you really want to work with someone (or DIY it yourself outside canva elements) to create something one of a kind.

Don’t get me wrong, you can still use Canva for your needs (I do!)…

But creating a branded logo from their elements is a big no no, especially their pre-made logos. šŸ˜±

With that in mind, you really want to work with someone (or DIY it yourself outside canva elements) to create something one of a kind for you, and your business. That way in the future, you don’t have to run into any legal issues or re-brand down the line to protect your unique business.

Did you know this about Canva? How does this change your processes moving forward? Leave a comment and let me know!

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alexis porter

Iā€™m a cuban and puerto rican, living in Seattle, Washington with my husband and pup. I absolutely love working with fellow solopreneurs and online business owners who want their websites to stand out and shine online. āœØ

  1. Excellent read, Alexis! While Canva allows you to quickly generate a range of print and digital designs, it is not great for creating logos as it is not a vector-based application. Canva’s logo templates are also customizable and may be used by anybody. It implies that your logo rights are non-exclusive and that you cannot register it as a trademark.

  2. Ella Willson says:

    Great write-up, Alexis! I agree with you. Even though they say trademarking is possible in Canva, its is not so. They do no allow trademark on stock photos or templets available in Canva. Which is why I prefer no to make logos on Canva. With all this, there won’t be any uniqueness in a logo.

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