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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
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