You, too can have a trademark, in fact, you may already have one!.  A trademark may be a

  • Word,
  • Symbol,
  • Design or
  • Combination word and design, a
  • Slogan or even a
  • Distinctive sound which identifies and distinguishes the goods or services of one party from those of another or a
  • Color or even the
  • Shape of the product itself.

In general, the term  trademark refers to both trademarks and Service Marks. For the most part, a TM for goods appears on the product or on its packaging, while a service mark is usually used in advertising to identify the owner’s services and will be SM.

The most interesting thing about a trademark is it must be in use to be registered.  When a trademark is registered you will be able to use the circle R:


 Registering takes place at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and each state has Patent and Trademark Resource Centers to help you at different libraries.  Check out your local opportunity to secure your trademark.