What is the difference between TM and R?

Anyone is free to use the TM symbol after a word, phrase, or logo that they wish to claim as their trademark. However, simply writing TM may not provide you with any rights and doesn’t guarantee that you can enforce any rights with respect to the mark.

By contrast, the (R) symbol means the mark is a registered trademark. You can ONLY use this symbol after registering your mark with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Knowingly using the symbol when your mark is not registered with the USPTO is illegal.

The registered trademark symbol is more than just a nice symbol. It provides federal rights of protection that the TM does not. Trademark To Go helps entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, and established businesses register their trademarks with the USPTO.

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