Anyone can use the TM symbol for anything. When you use it together with a word, phrase or logo, you’re just saying that you consider that word, phrase or logo to be a trademark. You don’t need to have any registration or permission from anybody. But you’re only allowed to use the circle-R “®” symbol if you have a federal trademark registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Please visit the latest issue of Valley Business Front May [PDF link] for the full discussion of how and when to register your business.
And if you’re interested in learning more about trademark and brand development, join us at our next round of Shark Bites this month.
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