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Q.How is a trade name different from a trademark?

A.A trade name is a name, symbol, word, or combination thereof that a person uses to identify a business, company, or occupation, and to distinguish it from the business, company, or occupation of another person. A trademark, by contrast, is a name, symbol, or word or combination thereof that a person uses to identify the source of a product or service that a company or business provides. However, a trade name can also function as a trademark or service mark depending upon the context in which it is used. For example, Microsoft is a trade name when it refers to Microsoft Corporation, but also functions as a trademark when it represents a product like Microsoft Word.




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