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We continue our three parts series on Trademarks by clearing the field from possible confusions about the symbols used. Have you noticed those little symbols next to the name of established brands? Look around you; you might have a can of diet coke in the fridge, or a power bar ready to be snacked on. You’ll certainly notice either a TM or a “R” next to it. Read on…

TM vs (R)

After filing for a trademark in Woodland Hills or anywhere throughout Southern California it is important to remember a trademark application has a life of several months. It currently takes approximately three months before an attorney gets assigned to your case. However, you’ll be protected from day one (you’ll be able to advertise with the “TM” symbol). Once it’s all approved, and your petition gets filed in the official gazette, then you’ll be able to use the ® symbol, because you’ll officially be a registered trademark. You’ll receive at home the certificate with the golden seal, and you’ll be able to frame it and proudly display it, like we did!
The Document People is a network of independently owned stores that share a common purpose: helping customers represent themselves. We are looking forward to offering assistance filing a Trademark for your business. We serve Los Angeles, The San Fernando Valley, Woodland Hills Orange County and San Diego County.
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