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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a trademark symbol and a registered symbol?

The difference between a trademark symbol (TM) and a registered symbol (R) lies in their legal implications and usage.
The trademark symbol, often used on a logo, name, phrase, word, or design, represents the business and indicates an intent to move forward with obtaining a legal trademark.
However, it's important to note that the TM symbol has no legal meaning and offers no legal protection. It's commonly used on a new phrase, logo, word, or design that a company plans to register through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
On the other hand, the registered symbol represents a mark that is a registered trademark with the USPTO. This means that the mark has been officially registered and is legally protected. Only the owner of a registered trademark can use, produce, copy, or profit from it. If someone else tries to use it without permission, the owner can take legal action in a federal court.
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