View Library
Intellectual Property Protection

What Symbols are Used to Designate a Trademark?

The ™ symbol is available to use with an unregistered mark. Thus, a new mark launched may appear with the ™ symbol which signifies to those who view the mark with the ™ symbol that mark is being used as an unregistered or common law trademark. If a federal application is filed, the use of the ™ symbol is the appropriate symbol to use until the application has matured to registration. Once the federal registration issues the ® symbol should be used. A federal trademark registration is constructive notice to the world that the trademark is registered to the registrant. While use of the ® symbol is not required, it is best to use the symbol to enjoy the full benefits available to the owner of the federal registration.

Related Pages

Intellectual Property Protection

What Makes a Trademark Strong?

A trademark is word, phrase, symbol, design or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs that operate as a source identifier of the …

Sign Up For Updates