FAQS About Service Marks
What a Service Mark?
A service mark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. The terms "trademark" and "mark" are commonly used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.
A registered trademark is denoted with a ® and a registered service mark is denoted with a "sm."
Trademark vs. Service Mark
Trademarks are used to secure rights on a product, while service marks establish rights to a service. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):
"a service mark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. The terms 'trademark' and 'mark' are often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks."The USPTO further distinguishes the difference between a trademarks and service marks as:
A Service Mark is "a word, name, symbol or device that is to indicate the source of the services and to distinguish them from the services of others."
A Trademark is obtained to "protect words, names, symbols, sounds, or colors that distinguish goods and services from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods."
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