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A trademark or trade mark or trade-mark is a distinctive sign or indicator used by an individual, business organization, or other legal entity to identify that the products or services to consumers with which the trademark appears originate from a unique source, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities.
A trademark may be designated by the following symbols:
* ™ (for an unregistered trade mark, that is, a mark used to promote or brand goods)
* ℠ (for an unregistered service mark, that is, a mark used to promote or brand services)
* ® (for a registered trademark)
A trademark is typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements. There is also a range of non-conventional trademarks comprising marks which do not fall into these standard categories, such as those based on colour, smell, or sound.
The owner of a registered trademark may commence legal proceedings for trademark infringement to prevent unauthorized use of that trademark. However, registration is not required. The owner of a common law trademark may also file suit, but an unregistered mark may be protectable only within the geographical area within which it has been used or in geographical areas into which it may be reasonably expected to expand.
A trademark attorney or in the alternative spelling trade mark attorney, is a person who is qualified to act in matters involving trademark law and practice and provide legal advice on trade mark and design matters.
A trade mark attorney frequently begins his or her career by joining a firm of trade mark attorneys, or a firm of patent attorneys with a department specializing in trade mark work, however increasingly large multi-discipline law firms are establishing trade mark attorney practices. Trade mark attorneys are also employed by large companies which have enough trade mark interests to need an attorney just to deal with their own matters.
The responsibilities of a trademark attorney include advising on the adoption and selection of new trademarks; filing and prosecuting applications to register trademarks; advising on the use and registration of trademarks; handling trademark oppositions, revocations, invalidations and assignments; carry out searches; and advising on trademark infringement matters.