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In response to a question from Dennis Hays, Elna Tynes wrote (in part):
>If memory serves, Registered or (R) is short for Registered Service Mark
>or for some "mark" other than Trade Mark.
Not quite. The (R) symbol is used to identify a trademark or service
has been registered with the federal patent and trademark office, and is
shorthand for the legend "Registered, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office".
The symbol only refers to the fact of registration, not whether it is
a trademark (which identifies the origin of a product or "goods") or a
service mark (which identifies the origin/provider of a service).
For an excellent presentation of what trademarks are, what they do, how
you get them, and what you have to do to use them properly and protect
them (e.g. always use them as adjectives, *never* as nouns or verbs),
I suggest the "All About Trademarks" web site: http://www.ggmark.com
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Senior Technical Writer