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Trademark TM SM


The symbol tm and sm stands for trademark and service mark. The word TM is typically associated with goods and the word SM with service. According to Indian Trademark Act, 1999 the symbol tm and sm shall be used when a particular trademark application has been applied for registration and the same is pending before the Registrar of Trademarks Registry. The symbol tm and sm should be used to indicate that the brand name /slogan belong to a particular proprietor or user. It is a medium through which different applicants and service providers inform the world of their protectable mark. It is to be noted that this symbols shall be used as long as the Trademark application is pending for registration. As soon as the same gets registered the symbols get replaced by the logo .

TM vs. SM

Sec 7 of the Indian Trademarks Act provide detailed information pertaining to the classification of goods and services. The fourth schedule of the act speaks exclusively of goods and services coming within the ambit of different classes. Goods have been classified from class 1 to class 34 and services from class 35 to class 42. Thus whenever a registered proprietor or user files a trademark application pertaining to goods he designates his trademark with the symbol TM, and whenever an application is filed pertaining to services the same is indicated by the logo SM. The symbol TM and SM helps to differentiate the business of service providers with that of the manufacturers, traders and sellers. TM & SM represents the business of the user or proprietor at the local, national or International market.

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