CORRECT USAGE OF TM, SM, R and C symbol

CORRECT USAGE OF TM, SM, R and C symbol

CORRECT USAGE OF TM, SM, R and C symbol

TM, SM, R and C symbols are used to show certain aspects of trademark and copyrights rights by trademark and copyright owner. People often get confused on when to use these symbols. Thus, in this article, we will know when to use TM, SM, R and C symbols:

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CORRECT USAGE OF TM, SM, R and C symbol

When to use TM symbol?

We can use TM symbol with our trademark (LOGO, BRAND NAME or PUNCH LINE) only when we have filed an application for registration of our trademark with the trademark registration authority. The Tm symbol indicates that we have made application for trademark registration; therefore no one can use our trademark. Thus, usage of TM symbol serves as warning for infringers and counter-fitters.

When SM symbols are used?

SM (Service Mark) symbol is used with trademarks related to trademark class 35-45. Trademark class 35 to 45 are for service providers. Thus, SM symbol is used by service providers with their trademarks (Brand, LOGO, Punch line etc.). Some people prefers to use TM symbol for trademark applications filed under trademark class 1-34 (Class reserved for manufacturers and producers) and SM symbols for trademark applications filed under class 34-45 (Class reserved for traders, retailers, wholesalers and other service providers). Thus we can use TM symbols for all classes or we can use SM for trademark applications filed under class 34-45, both are acceptable.

When can we use (R) symbols?

Once our trademark is registered, and then we can start using R symbol instead of TM or SM symbol. R symbol signifies that trademark is registered and no one can use it without permission of its owner. We cant use R symbol just after filing Trademark application or without obtaining registration of Trademark.

When we can use (C) symbol?

We can use C symbol once we have created our artistic or literary work. In case of copyright, we need not to have filed application for registration of copyright for using C symbol. But its always advisable to file Copyright application so that you could have some documentary proof of creation of copyright over your works. Why to use C symbol?

Its not mandatory to use C symbol on your works but if you use C symbol, it works like copyright notice of your ownership over contents of your works to the public. When you use C symbol, no one can claim that he or she did not have notice of your ownership over content of the works.

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CORRECT USAGE OF TM, SM, R and C symbol

CORRECT USAGE OF TM, SM, R and C symbol

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