Archive for January, 2012

Trademark Notices: ® or TM?

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

The “R” in a circle (®) notice should accompany a trademark after it has
been registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Failure to
put the notice on a registered trademark can greatly reduce the possibility of
recovering significant damages if it later becomes necessary to file a lawsuit
against an infringer. The ® symbol may not be put on a mark unless it has been
registered with the USPTO.

Many
people like to put a “TM” (or “SM” for service mark) next
to their trademark or service mark to let the world know that they are claiming
ownership of it. However, it is not legally necessary to provide this type of
notice; the use of the trademark or service mark itself is the act that confers
ownership.

 

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Saturday, January 28th, 2012

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