Do I have to wait until I get my trademark certificate to start using the ® symbol?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

Yes, the symbol ® can only be used after your trademark is successfully registered with an IP office.

Please keep in mind that you are allowed to use the ® only with the exact same version of your trademark you registered with the respective IP office. In case you use an iteration or a part of the trademark, you can use the symbol ™ instead. If your trademark is pending, you can also use the symbol ™ to indicate that you are in the process of obtaining a trademark registration.

Also, you can only use the ® symbol in countries where you hold your registration.

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