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TradeMark Information

Important things to know and Understand about Trademarks
What is the Legal use of a Registered Trademark
How to properly use a Trademark Symbol
The Difference between Common Use Trademark Symbols and Federally Registered Trademark Symbols

There are Federal Regulations governing the proper to use
a Federal Registration Trademark.

The use of the symbols TM or SM are not governed by federal law.
However, sometimes these symbols are governed by local, state, or foreign laws.
Otherwise, you can "only"  use the symbols TM for trademark or SM for service mark
 to indicate that you are claiming rights to the marks without (or before) having federal registration.
If someone has Registed the Mark with the USPTO
and has been Granted as The Federeral Resgistered Trademark Owner,
Any other use of the Trademark is no longer free to use as TM or SM  
Nor is the Trademark free to use without permission in writing
or without a  Legal Licence Agreement between proposed user and the owner of the Trademark.

The traditional Trademark Symbol or Federal Registration Symbol
may be used once the Mark is actually Registered with the USPTO.
The letter R enclosed within a circle ®
Federal Registration Symbol ®

Even though an application is pending, the registration symbol
may not be used before the mark has actually become registered.
The Federal Registration Symbol should only be used on goods or services
that are the subject of the Federal Trademark Registration.

Definition:  USPTO
USPTO is an ancroynm for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The USPTO is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The role of the USPTO is to grant patents for the protection of inventions and to register trademarks.
It serves the interest of inventors and businesses with
 respect to their inventions and corporate products, and service identifications.
The USPTO also advises and assists the bureaus and offices of the Department of Commerce
and other agencies of the US Government in matters involving “intellectual property”
such as patents, trademarks and semiconductor mask works.
Through the preservation, classification, and dissemination of patent information,
the USPTO aids and encourages innovation and the scientific and technical advancement of the United States.
In discharging its patent related duties,
the USPTO examines applications and grants patents on inventions when applicants are entitled to them;
it publishes and disseminates patent information, records assignments of patents, maintains search files of U.S.

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