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Using the Trademark (TM) Symbol

Dick Johnson was kind enough to share the following information about trademark and service mark usage. The quote comes directly from the US Patent Office Web Site. This is a very thorough, user-friendly government site. You can even do a search to determine if a mark you intend to use has been registered.

Using the "TM" or "SM" marks establishes some protection; however, only registration affords full, legal protection.

Use of the "™", "SM" and "®" Symbols

Anyone who claims rights in a mark may use the TM (trademark) or SM (service mark) designation with the mark to alert the public to the claim. It is not necessary to have a registration, or even a pending application, to use these designations. The claim may or may not be valid.

The registration symbol, ®, may only be used when the mark is registered in the PTO. It is improper to use the registration symbol at any point before the registration issues.

Please omit all symbols from the mark in the drawing you submit with your application; the symbols are not considered part of the mark.

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Friday, August 10, 2007