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For our own trademarks, we indicate them with a superscript TM at their
first occurrence in each chapter of a manual. Then, on our copyright page,
we indicate, for example:
CommSuite, Cyberjack, Echo Lake, FormFlow, PerForm,
WinComm and WinFax are trademarks of Delrina.
For other companies' trademarks, to quote our legal trademarks expert, "for
major companies, such as Microsoft, Xerox, IBM, etc., a specific
accreditation [is] given [on the copyrights page]. For example:
Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows is a
trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
For minor companies, a blanket statement [is] used. For example:
All other product names are trademarks of their respective owners."
I'm not sure what the difference between a major company and a minor company
is. In practice, we indicate all the trademarks that we know appear in the
manual and just cover, with the blanket statement, the ones we might have
I hope this helps.
>Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 13:38:00 -0300
>From: K Watkins <KWATKINS -at- QUICKPEN -dot- COM>
>Subject: Third-party trademarks
>How necessary do you consider it to acknowledge each trademark which
>in your publications? What legal and ethical issues do you see on this
>question? I have seen many different approaches:
> - Careful marking of each occurrence of each trademark: "...a Widget(r)
>printer. Widget(r) is a registered trademark of Widget & Assoc."
> - No acknowledgment at all: "Ask your local computer dealer for a Widget
>printer or compatible."
> - A broadly general fine-print sentence or two on the copyright page:
>XYZ products are trademarks of XYZ Co [i.e. the company producing the
>document]. Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered
>trademarks of their respective holders."
> - Marking only the "first" occurrence of each trademark, even in
>publications like reference books and on-line hypertext which are hardly
>ever read sequentially
> - Identifying only some trademarks, in the text or on the copyright page -
>usually those which either receive a lot of attention in the text or are
>particularly well-known in the general marketplace