Don’t Use TM Unless You Own the Property

Don’t Use TM Unless You Own the Property

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Why only the trademark holder has to use the TM symbol with their product names (and only if they want to), and how enforcing a non-rule to the contrary might make you look ignorant of intellectual property laws, or worse. Today, on the Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

The R symbol follows the same rules, since R means “registered trademark” and TM means simply “trademark.” You don’t need to use either in your writing.

I had only one post on the site this week because of the Memorial Day holiday in the US.Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

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