What is a Trademark?
A trademark is
either a word, or groups of words, a phrase, a symbol or
design, a logo or combination thereof which identifies
the source of goods or services to be rendered. Normally
a trademark for goods appears on the product and/or
packaging, while a service mark appears in advertising
for the service. All registered marks are valid
throughout the United States and can last indefinitely
as long as the owner continues to renew the mark and use
the mark in interstate commerce.
Specifically, a trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or
design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or
designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of
the goods of one party from those of others.
A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that
it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service
rather than a product. Throughout this booklet, the
terms "trademark" and "mark" refer to both trademarks
and service marks.