Subject: TM
From: Mark Levinson <mark -at- SD -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1995 10:16:04 IST

Bill Burns writes:
I've known of companies that use TM while their trademark registration
is pending, after which they use (R).

** Oh, yes. It's very important to use TM from the outset. Otherwise
you risk introducing the term into the public domain.

Then when you get your registration, you don't need to immediately
throw away all your TM-marked literature and replace it with (R)-marked
literature. TM doesn't really mean UNregistered trademark so much
as it means NOT NECESSARILY registered trademark. Of course, if you
can legitmately use an (R) you'll want to; but particularly for other
people's trademarks, you're not obliged to go researching every single
possible registration.

Mark L. Levinson - mark -at- sd -dot- co -dot- il
I am not a lawyer, nor was meant to be

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