The representations TM and ® can be very confusing to the untrained eye. While most people think that they can be used as substitutes as they mean the same thing, in reality, they connote entirely different things. It thus becomes important to know and understand the difference between them for the simple reason that knowing the difference will dictate and ensure that they are used in the right context.
Before understanding the difference between the two it is first important to know that a trademark may be registered or unregistered. When a business has a trademark, it does not always mean that the trademark is registered with the appropriate authority. Not all businesses choose to register their brand name.
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