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How to use the TM and ® symbol when marking a trademark

March 24, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Trademark Articles 

The ™ symbol may be used whenever an owner wants to indicate any mark that they consider to be a trademark. Use of the ™ symbol puts your competition on notice that you consider a mark your trademark.

The ® symbol may only be used after the United States government grants a Federal registration certificate. The ® symbol may not be used while the USPTO application is pending. Additionally, the ® symbol may only be used in connection with the goods and services listed on the registration certificate.

By using the correct trademark symbol with your mark, your competitors should be on notice of your trademark, and hopefully, lets them respect your intellectual property.