Registered Trademark Law and Legal Definition

Trademark is a form of property. A registered trademark is a trademark that is registered with the trademarks office in a jurisdiction to establish proprietary rights by the owner. In the U.S., the only way to qualify for a federally registered trademark is to first use the trademark in commerce. A registered trademark provides a bundle of exclusive rights upon the registered owner. The registered owner will have the right to exclusive use of the mark in relation to the products or services for which it is registered. Any infringement of the registered trademark can be prevented by the law in most jurisdictions. Registered trademark allows the owner to prevent unauthorized use of the mark in relation to products or services which are identical or similar to the "registered" products or services. In certain cases, registered trademarks can prevent use of the same trademark in relation to entirely dissimilar products or services.