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Trademark registrations don

Trademark registrations don't confer rights?

In Trademark Registration    -  updated on 11/11/2009
I read in an earlier post the following:

"trademark registrations don't confer trademark rights, they merely register trademark rights that exist."

As a Trademark owner on the shape of my product this concerns me.  Could someone explain?

Is the USPTO providing false hope by issuing such Trademarks?

Thanks