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A Trademark may be a name, a design, a phrase, a logo, a symbol or anything else which identifies specific products or services. A Trademark is sometimes spelled Trade Mark or Trade-Mark. A Trademark used to identify a service is usually called a Service Mark. Sometimes both Trademarks and Service Marks are referred to simply as Marks.

The owner of a Trademark may be an individual person or any legal business entity. A Trademark may be licensed to another person or business entity. The owner of a Trademark may pursue legal action against any person or business which infringes on their Trademark

Legal rights to a Trademark may be established through actual use in the marketplace, or through registration of the mark with the TrademarksTrademark with the Secretary of State. Exactly how a Trademark is treated legally varies from jurisdiction to local jurisdiction.

A Trademark which will be used in interstate or foreign commerce may be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A Trademark need not be registered in order to establish legal rights to the Trademark. Rights to a Trademark may be based on the legitimate business use of the Trademark in a commercial.


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