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Subject:Re: What does a superscripted "SM" mean? From:"Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 18 Apr 2000 08:56:21 -0400
Geoff Hart wrote:
>As others have told you, it's a "service mark", which is effectively a
>trademark that applies to the name of a service rather than the name of a tangible product. I'm not aware that there's any functional difference
>between the two, or that people always honor that hypothetical difference in their marketing material (e.g., I've seen lots of trademarked slogans, which
>are patently not tangible items), but for what it's worth...
This came up recently here, and I asked our intellectual property attorney about it. He said that it is adequate to use TM for both products and services. While SM can be used for services, it is not necessary to make the distinction.