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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Finally, the trademark for Multiverse Saga suggests that this will be the throughline of the next few phases. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 22 July 2022 GE Aerospace will own the GE trademark and provide long-term licenses to the other companies. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2022 While there has been no official announcement yet, the trademark could indicate that the winning submission for the black accent package has been selected. Sasha Richie, Car and Driver, 27 June 2022 The two entities have agreed to share the trademark to the word. Anne Quito, Quartz, 24 June 2022 Ohio State began pursuing the trademark in August 2019 shortly after designer Marc Jacobs filed a separate application, according to the school's statement. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2022 As part of the sale, the buyer will also acquire the trademark and likeness of the Claudia Sanders name plus the home which was the primary residence of the Sanders family for more than 25 years. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 22 June 2022 Someone else owned the trademark for glassware and merchandise and had sent them a cease and desist. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2022 The trademark and likeness of the Claudia Sanders name is also for sale, according to a news release. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb McDonald’s said the company would retain its trademarks in Russia, even as squatters and speculators began filing applications to trademark names and logos that are designed to mimic the iconic American brand. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 The government, in its own appeal, is making another run at the Mongols’ logo, renewing an earlier request for a narrower forfeiture order that would take away the club’s right to trademark exclusivity over the emblem. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2022 The government, in its own appeal, is making another run at the Mongols’ logo, renewing an earlier request for a narrower forfeiture order that would take away the club’s right to trademark exclusivity over the emblem. New York Times, 5 June 2022 The university filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2019 after fashion designer Marc Jacobs also filed to trademark the same word, Johnson said. Amy Simonson, CNN, 23 June 2022 The tech behemoth has opposed singer-songwriters, school districts and food blogs for trying to trademark names or logos featuring an apple — and even other fruits. New York Times, 4 June 2022 The 2019 announcement that her forthcoming shapewear brand would be titled Kimono, going as far as to trademark the word for her line, despite the traditional Japanese garment existing for thousands of years before her butt-lifting biker shorts. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 23 May 2022 That’s three years before Sycamore registered to trademark the tagline, which was granted in August 2021, according to Stone. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2022 Almost a year ago, Tesla filed applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark a ‘T’ logo for an array of restaurant concepts, from self service to take out. Kate Krader, Fortune, 24 May 2022 See More

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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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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

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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