Trademark Symbols – “®” “TM” “SM” – What Do They Mean and When Should I Use Them?

By: Christopher Proskey | 01.10.2022

I’m often asked the question “What do the Trademark Symbols – “®” “TM” “SM” – mean, and when should I use them?” Only One Rule: There is only one rule that you have to follow when it comes to the use of trademark symbols, and that is: You cannot use the “®” symbol unless and Read…

Date of First Use Anywhere

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker | 06.21.2021

  There are two dates that must be specified in every trademark/service mark application. They are, the date of first use anywhere and the date of first use in commerce. TMEP 903.03. The date of first use anywhere will always be earlier than or the same as the date of first use in commerce. Id. Read…

Trademark Consent and Coexistence Agreements

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker | 08.24.2020

  Usually, an entity registers their trademark to prevent consumer confusion and/or unpermitted use of their valuable branding. However, due to the sheer volume of new businesses annually and their tendency for rapid growth, it is not uncommon for two or more companies to use extremely similar marks without knowledge of the others’ existence. Most Read…