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Practice Areas / Trademark Attorneys

The Trademark Attorneys of Pittsburgh based Ference & Associates currently file and prosecute both domestic and foreign trademark applications on behalf of their clients. Our Pittsburgh trademark office currently handles more than 1200 active trademarks around the world.

A trademark, trade mark, or trade-mark is a distinctive sign or indicator, used by an individual, business organization, or other legal entity, to identify that the products or services with which the trademark appears originate from a unique source, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities.

Typically a trademark is a logo, phrase, symbol, name, word, design, image, or a combination of these elements. In addition there are other trademarks (non-conventional) that do not fall into the standard categories. These can be smell, color or unique sounds for example.

Owners of a registered trademark may commence legal proceedings for trademark infringement to prevent unauthorized use of that trademark.

An unregistered trademark is a trademark which does not benefit from the protection afforded to trademarks through registration. It may still receive common law rights which typically are geographic in area.
When a trademark is used in relation to services rather than products, it may sometimes be called a service mark, particularly in the United States.

A trademark may be designated by the following symbols:

TM (A mark used to promote or brand goods, unregistered)

SM (A mark used to promote or brand services, unregistered)

® (A registered trademark or service mark)