Does the inclusion of a space " " in the word make any difference in trademark registration?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

The inclusion of a space in a word can potentially make a difference in trademark registration. Trademark registration focuses on protecting the specific wording and combination of words in a mark, including any spaces that may be present.

If the space is an integral part of the mark and contributes to its distinctiveness, it should be included in the trademark registration. This is particularly relevant if the spacing affects the meaning or appearance of the mark and distinguishes it from other similar marks.

Including the space in the trademark registration provides broader protection for the mark as it appears with the space. It prevents others from using the same or similar wording, including the space, for related goods or services.

However, it's important to consider the potential impact of the space on the distinctiveness and protectability of the mark. If the mark is primarily composed of generic or descriptive terms and the space does not significantly affect its distinctiveness, registering the mark without the space may be more appropriate.

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