Mark Spencer markster at
Mon Apr 9 19:46:00 EDT 2007

You can start using (TM) even before you have a registered mark.  THe (R) 
comes later.


On Sun, 8 Apr 2007, Sean Egan wrote:

> On 4/8/07, Richard Laager <rlaager at> wrote:
>> On Sun, 2007-04-08 at 18:17 -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
>>> Also, we may now start using ™ in
>>> conjunction with the word Pidgin as a precursor to registering a
>>> trademark, if we decide to do that. Thoughts?
>> I'd like to avoid the stupid ™ unless it's necessary from a legal
>> perspective. I think we should register Pidgin as a trademark, unless
>> the fees are really excessive.
> They are not excessive ($200-300, I think), but you are not allowed to
> register a trademark until you're actually using the mark in trade,
> which we're not yet doing. This is something we can only do after a
> release. a ™ is certainly not necessary, but would be a good way to
> assert our interest in protecting this mark until we're able to
> legally register it.
> -s.
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