Definition: What is a trademark?

Trademark: "A word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others." – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Other definitions from around the web

"A recognizable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others, although trademarks used to identify services are usually called service marks." – Wikipedia

"Distinctive design, graphics, logo, symbols, words, or any combination thereof that uniquely identifies a firm and/or its goods or services, guarantees the item's genuineness, and gives it[s] owner the legal rights to prevent the trademark's unauthorized use." – BusinessDictionary

"Any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof—

  1. used by a person, or
  2. which a person has a bona fide intention to use in commerce and applies to register on the principal register established by this chapter,

to identify and distinguish his or her goods, including a unique product, from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods, even if that source is unknown." – Legal Information Institute (LII), Cornell Law School


Also known as

  • Trade mark
  • Trade-mark

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