Define: Trademark

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Definition: Trademark

Quick Summary of Trademark

A registered distinctive name, image, and/or logo that represents a product, and which is generally found on the product itself, and the packaging. Use of the trademark is controlled by the trademark owner, who has legal protections at both national and international levels.

What is the dictionary definition of Trademark?

Dictionary Definition

A symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.

  1. Distinctive, characteristic, signature
  2. A word, symbol, or phrase used to identify a particular company’s product and differentiate it from other companies’ products.
  3. Any proprietary business, product or service name.
  4. To register something as a trademark.
  5. To so label a product.


Examples of Trademark in a sentence

The Macintosh trademark is the image of an apple with a bite taken out of it.
The process of securing a trademark can be a lengthy one because all applications go through the same government agency.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Trademark. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. April 05, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Trademark. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: April 05, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Trademark are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 15th February, 2020