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What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?

FreshPatents.com is pleased to present this information about "What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?". This is the same information as provided by the USPTO for inventors, entrepeneurs and prospective patentholders as of our last update on 01/28/08.
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"What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?" patent information

"A trademark is a word, name, symbol, or device that is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. A servicemark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. The terms "trademark" and "mark" are commonly used to refer to both trademarks and servicemarks.

Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark. Trademarks which are used in interstate or foreign commerce may be registered with the USPTO. The registration procedure for trademarks and general information concerning trademarks is described on a separate page entitled "Basic Facts about Trademarks" (http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/tac/doc/basic/)."

Source: USPTO - This information on "What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?" is current as of: 01/28/08



Contents

1. What Is a Patent?
2. What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?
3. What Is a Copyright?
4. Patent Laws
5. What Can Be Patented
6. Conditions For Obtaining A Patent
7. The United States Patent And Trademark Office
8. Attorneys and Agents
9. Disclosure Document Program
10. Who May Apply For A Patent
11. Non-Provisional Application for a Patent
12. Provisional Application for a Patent
13. Publication of Patent Applications
14. 1.84 Standards for Drawings
15. Issue of Patent
16. Maintenance Fees
17. Correction of Patents
18. Infringement of Patents
19. Design Patents