- any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate specific goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. A trademark is proprietary and is usually registered with the Patent and Trademark Office to assure its exclusive use by its owner or licensee.
- a distinctive mark or feature particularly characteristic of or identified with a person or thing (often used attributively): her trademark wit and sarcasm.
- to stamp or otherwise place a trademark designation upon.
- to register the trademark of.
See also proprietary name.
Origin of trademark
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Examples from the Web for trademark
Mubarak was present, wheeled in on a hospital trolley and wearing his trademark sunglasses.Mubarak’s Acquittal Signals Complete Triumph of Military Over Arab Spring
November 29, 2014
But it was the subtle things like his trademark side-smile or his formal “Mr. Torre” ways that had us swooning.The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets
September 28, 2014
One act was a man with a short beard, and a short flowing robe: a trademark style of Salafis.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire
September 22, 2014
Navajo Nation once took Urban Outfitters to court for trademark infringement.Who Designed Urban Outfitters's Bloody Kent State Shirt? They Won't Say
September 15, 2014
Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said the Redskins name and logo should not have trademark protection.The Native Americans Who Voted for ‘The Fighting Sioux’
June 26, 2014
Bear in mind that your name is to you what a trademark is to a manufacturer.The Art of Stage Dancing
If the 'trademark' were not popular, it would hardly have been assumed.France and the Republic
William Henry Hurlbert
One of the gifts of antiquity to our modern life is the use of the trademark.A Man's Value to Society
Newell Dwight Hillis
It looks like a trademark, but that is only an accident and not intentional.What Is Man? And Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Copyright the words 'Crimson Cord' as trademark for every possible thing.Perkins of Portland
Ellis Parker Butler
- the name or other symbol used to identify the goods produced by a particular manufacturer or distributed by a particular dealer and to distinguish them from products associated with competing manufacturers or dealers. A trademark that has been officially registered and is therefore legally protected is known as a Registered Trademark
- any distinctive sign or mark of the presence of a person or animal
- to label with a trademark
- to register as a trademark
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Word Origin and History for trademark
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