The symbol R within a circle – ® – beside a mark indicates that it is a registered trade mark. It is an offence to use this symbol if the mark is not registered. If the mark is registered in the United Kingdom you can use the symbol throughout all 28 European Union countries, for as long as the UK remains a member of the EU. The Courts have held that it is unreasonable for the owner of a registered trade mark to produce different packaging or advertising materials when the European Union is a single market for free movement of goods and services.
This sign – ™ – has no legal significance but it is used by businesses to indicate that they consider the mark to be a trade mark. It is prudent to check with a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney before adopting this symbol, especially if you have not applied to register the mark, so that you do not unwittingly infringe the registered trade mark of another party.
In the United Kingdom the ownership of the copyright in an artistic work (for example, a logo) remains with the design agency or freelance designer until it is assigned in writing to you…..even if you commissioned and paid for the work.
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