A trademark is a symbol, word, or phrase that distinguishes your products or services from others. It serves as your brand identifier in the marketplace.
A registered trademark, on the other hand, is a trademark that has been officially registered with the appropriate government authority. Registration provides stronger legal protection and exclusive rights to use the mark for specific goods or services nationwide.
In essence, a trademark is like an unregistered brand symbol, while a registered trademark has gone through a formal process and offers greater legal benefits and protection.