A trademark (or mark for short) is a distinctive word, phrase, logo, or graphic symbol that is used to identify the source of a product or service and distinguish your products or services from someone else’s.
Owning a federal trademark registration provides a number of significant advantages, including:
A legal presumption of your ownership of the mark and your exclusive right to use the mark nationwide on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration (whereas a state registration only provides rights within the borders of that one state, and common law rights exist only for the specific area where the mark is used);
Public notice of your claim of ownership of the mark;
Listing in the USPTO’s online databases;
The ability to record the U.S. registration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent importation of infringing foreign goods;
The right to use the federal registration symbol “R”;
The ability to bring an action concerning the mark in federal court; and
The use of the U.S. registration as a basis to obtain registration in foreign countries (should your business expand internationally).
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