Sharon Groom and Terry Chan of McMillan Binch Mendelsohn have published an informative article on trademark myths. If you don’t deal with trademark issues often it is a good read and should help you dispel some of the common myths held by corporate management. While the article is focused on Canadian trademarks, most of the lessons are equally applicable in the United States. Here are a few of the Top Ten myths – click through to the article to read the discussion:
- I have registered a business name so I don’t need to register a trade-mark.
- I can’t use TM until my trade-mark is registered.
- A trade-mark has to be a word.
- If many people are using a certain mark in association with their business then I should be able to as well, because it is in the "public domain".
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