What is a trademark?

A trademark is a symbol, word, phrase, design, or combination thereof that is used to identify and distinguish the goods or services of one party from those of others in the marketplace. In addition to being words or drawing design, a trademark can also be a distinctive sound; think of intel inside, MGM lion roar, for example. Sound trademarks can be a powerful tool for building brand recognition and loyalty, as they can create a solid emotional connection with consumers. However, they can also be more difficult to register and protect than traditional word or design marks, as it can be challenging to establish that a particular sound is inherently distinctive and not simply functional or generic. A trademark serves as a source identifier, indicating the origin or source of the goods or services.

A trademark can protect a brand or product’s unique identity and reputation. By registering a trademark with a government authority, such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the owner of the trademark gains exclusive rights to use the mark in connection with the goods or services covered by the registration.

Trademark rights typically last as long as the trademark is “in use” and maintained properly. In the US, for example, trademarks can be renewed indefinitely as long as they continue to be used in commerce and the required renewal fees are paid. Trademark owners can also enforce their rights against unauthorized use of their marks by others and may be entitled to damages or other remedies for infringement.

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