trademark

noun
trade·​mark | \ ˈtrād-ˌmärk How to pronounce trademark (audio) \

Definition of trademark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a device (such as a word) pointing distinctly to the origin or ownership of merchandise to which it is applied and legally reserved to the exclusive use of the owner as maker or seller
2 : a distinguishing characteristic or feature firmly associated with a person or thing wearing his trademark bow tie and derby hat

trademark

verb
trademarked; trademarking; trademarks

Definition of trademark (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to secure trademark rights for : register the trademark of

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Synonyms for trademark

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of trademark in a Sentence

Noun “Kleenex” is a registered trademark. Outspokenness has always been his trademark. Courtesy is the company's trademark.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the legal side, lawyers say the improper use of menus and logos constitutes trademark infringement. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 Nike sued over trademark infringement, and the sneakers were voluntarily recalled. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 9 May 2021 With a photo of a beaming Hastings facing the mourners, lawmakers recalled his trademark colorful socks and ability to be charming yet direct. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 The two made the announcement after The Telegraph reported documents that showed Meghan and Harry had filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in March. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Mar. 2021 The goods bore counterfeit versions of the Vera Bradley trademark, according to the government. oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2021 When the two companies parted company, South African Breweries retained the use of this trademark for the South African market. Paul Nugent, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2021 Combining both strategic and economic illiteracy has become something of a trademark of the Biden administration. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 11 Mar. 2021 All of this comes in response to a July 8 suit filed by band members Kelley, Haywood, and Scott seeking reaffirmation of their ownership of the Lady A trademark. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Covid protocols mean the pre-tested audience is smaller than usual -- but the leather trousers, confounding lyrical choices and trademark key changes that define music's most bewildering spectacle are all very much present and correct. Rob Picheta, CNN, 21 May 2021 On May 23, 1921, when Green & Green decided to trademark the tasty treat’s unique name, the Cheez-It was born. Leo Deluca, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 Menard first sought to trademark the name in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on June 12, 2020. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2021 However, delaying registration exposes businesses to trademark infringement risks. Ellevate, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Otherwise, Ruiz said, an argument could be made in the future that a company abandoned its rights to trademark by letting other entities use its brand and recognition without quality control. orlandosentinel.com, 27 Apr. 2021 In the months after his death, for example, a limited liability company controlled by his family filed to trademark several words and phrases associated with the late basketball player, including his name, Mamba, Mamba League and Lil’ Mambas. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2021 The small town of Hollywood in Jackson County took the lead in a 1994 case, along with nine other towns named Hollywood, in fighting an attempt by Hollywood, Calif., to trademark its name. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, 19 Aug. 2020 That would give companies that trademark generic terms an unfair advantage. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of trademark

Noun

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trademark was in 1839

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14 Jun 2021

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“Trademark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trademark. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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trademark

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trademark

: something (such as a word) that identifies a particular company's product and cannot be used by another company without permission
: a quality or way of behaving, speaking, etc., that is very typical of a particular person, group, or organization

trademark

noun
trade·​mark | \ ˈtrād-ˌmärk How to pronounce trademark (audio) \

Kids Definition of trademark

: a device (as a word) that points clearly to the origin or ownership of merchandise to which it is applied and that is legally reserved for use only by the owner

trademark

noun
trade·​mark | \ ˈtrād-ˌmärk How to pronounce trademark (audio) \

Medical Definition of trademark

: a device (as a word or mark) that points distinctly to the origin or ownership of merchandise to which it is applied and that is legally reserved for the exclusive use of the owner — compare service mark

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trademark

noun
trade·​mark | \ ˈtrād-ˌmärk How to pronounce trademark (audio) \

Legal Definition of trademark

: a mark that is used by a manufacturer or merchant to identify the origin or ownership of goods and to distinguish them from others and the use of which is protected by law — see also dilution, infringement, strong mark, weak mark, Trademark Act of 1946 — compare copyright, patent, service mark

Note: The Patent and Trademark Office registers trademarks and service marks that are used in interstate commerce or in intrastate commerce that affects interstate commerce. There are also state registration statutes for marks used in intrastate commerce. A trademark or service mark need not be registered for an owner to enforce his or her rights in court. The common law recognizes ownership of a trademark, established by actual and first use of the mark, but it extends only to the areas or markets where the mark is used. Federal registration of a trademark gives rise to a federal cause of action for infringement in addition to the common-law claim. Registration also serves as evidence of the owner's exclusive right to the continuous use and validity of the mark, and as constructive notice to the world of the claim to the mark. To be a valid trademark at common law and for federal registration, a mark must be distinctive; a descriptive mark may become distinctive by acquiring secondary meaning.

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