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 However, e-commerce venues also represent ideal platforms for trademark infringement and piracy. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Customs officers seize 108,000 counterfeit surgical masks in Cincinnati," 18 Feb. 2021 Well, no one else because that would be trademark infringement. Peter Valdes-dapena For Cnn Business, CNN, "Joe Biden predicts there will be an electric Corvette and he's probably right," 9 Aug. 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge revealed long, straight lengths, a major change from her trademark curls. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Debuted Long, Straight Hair in a New Video Call Celebrating Nurses," 22 Jan. 2021 Vista purchased Remington ammunition and its assets and the Remington trademark in October after the Remington Outdoor Company filed for bankruptcy. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Where’s All the Damn Ammo? Federal Premium’s President Has Some Answers," 22 Jan. 2021 In Seattle, a Boy Scouts council used the Girl Scouts trademark in social media recruiting materials, the lawyers said. Fox News, "Legal fight: Girl Scouts battle Boy Scouts in escalating recruitment war," 28 Dec. 2020 In Seattle, a Boy Scouts council used the Girl Scouts trademark in social media recruiting materials, the lawyers said. Verne Kopytoff, Fortune, "Girl Scouts embroiled in ‘highly damaging’ legal war with Boy Scouts," 26 Dec. 2020 In Seattle, a Boy Scouts council used the Girl Scouts trademark in social media recruiting materials, the lawyers said. Larry Neumeister, ajc, "Girl Scouts rebuke Boy Scouts in escalating recruitment war," 26 Dec. 2020 The triple-headed snake trademark can be recognized worldwide and has won countless awards from various gaming organizations including the best of CES for seven years in a row. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "Best gaming mouse: What to look for when buying this accessory," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Kobe Bryant’s business empire remains expansive — and inspiring — after his death," 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, "Here’s a fun fact about every Alabama county," 19 Aug. 2020 That would give companies that trademark generic terms an unfair advantage. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court says generic domains like booking.com can be trademarked," 30 June 2020 The Magic Kingdom alone, which houses trademark attractions like Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain, accounted for more than 20 million visitors in 2018, according to a report by AECOM. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'It's the heart of the brand': Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases spike in Florida," 9 July 2020 When the online travel giant Bookings Holdings sought to trademark its booking.com domain name almost a decade ago, the US Patent and Trademark Office concluded that the same rule applied. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court says generic domains like booking.com can be trademarked," 30 June 2020 In the case at hand, Booking.com won the right to trademark its name. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Riding Apple’s coattails to an IPO," 2 July 2020 The Supreme Court gave online companies broad latitude to trademark their website names, rejecting restrictions imposed by the federal government. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court Eases Trademark Rules for Online Companies," 30 June 2020 His mixture of arm angles and trademark hesitation pitch baffled batters. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "This baseball season might be canceled, but Alaska’s history with the game goes way back," 28 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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“Trademark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trademark. Accessed 2 Mar. 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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