Subject: trademarks
From: Michele Berkes 615-576-2352 <BERKESM -at- A1 -dot- OSTI -dot- GOV>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 1993 14:19:00 EST

My question has to do with trademarks. In the technical reports that
we edit, the researchers will occasionally mention a product they have
used (an emulsifier, a piece of equipment, a software package, etc.)
by a brand name and with a TM or R or SM or some other trademark type
of designation. When are these designations required? On the first use
only? Every time the name is used? What other responsibilities do I as
the editor have in regards to trademarks? Do I need to include a
footnote that states something like "XYZ is the registered trademark
of the A+ Company."? Does anyone have good resource on this topic?

I have read the article "Trademarks: Caveat Scriptor" by E. Sanford
Branscomb in _Technical Communication_, 1st quarter. This feature
focuses on what a trademark is and how to find out who owns the
trademark. Is there another source that takes up where Branscomb
leaves off?

Michele Berkes
Oak Ridge, TN
berkesm -at- a1 -dot- osti -dot- gov

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