A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, that identifies the source of goods or services and distinguishes them from the goods or services of another. In plain terms, a trademark is a “source identifier”. Trademarks may be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A U.S. federal trademark registration remains in force for ten years at a time, and may be renewed for additional ten-year terms for as long as the mark remains in use in commerce.
Federal trademark registration affords important rights to the registrant, including nationwide notice of the exclusive right to use the registered mark on or in connection with the identified goods or services.
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