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Information on understanding what a trademark is and what a copyright covers.

Trademark Basics

View the brochure Trademark Basics: Registration Toolkit by the USPTO.

Trademark Searching

Trademark Application Process

Rules, manuals, guides and codes

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

The TBMP provides stakeholders with basic information generally useful for litigating trial cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  The manual describes current practice and procedure under the applicable authority, including the Trademark Act, the Trademark Rules of Practice, the Federal Rules (where applicable), and precedential case law (as described on the USPTO Website).

Trademark Geographical Indicators

Geographical indications can be viewed as a subset of trademarks. Geographical indications serve the same functions as trademarks, because like trademarks they are:
2)Guarantees of quality
3)Valuable business interests