It is unnecessary to use the trademark and copyright symbols in a design or copy to guarantee or safeguard the legal rights. Simultaneously, many artists and businesses prefer to consist of these marks in print and the external use.
Sign, Sketch, or Copyright?
Several methods are used to display the trademark and copyright symbols, which depend on the computer platform you use. Also, to check that the symbol is used appropriately or not, you may need to fine-tune the symbols for the best visual appearance.
Not all computers are different. Therefore the symbols may also appear differently in different browsers. Most of the symbols may not appear the same as they depend on the fonts installed on the computer.
Here we will see how to use these symbols and how to access them on Mac computers, Windows PC, and HTML.
A trademark identifies the owner of the brand of any particular product or service. The symbol, ™, represents the word Trademark, and it means that the brand is a trademark and not registered with the recognizing body, like the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A trademark can establish the precedence for using a brand or the service first in the market. However, to have better legal standing and the Trademark protection is being established, the Trademark must be registered.
To create the trademark symbol (™):
- Type Option+2, on Mac computer
- On Windows PC, enable the Num Lock, press the Alt key, and then use the numeric keypad on the keyboard to type 0153. Or you can also type the Character Map in the Windows search box and select the copyright or the trademark symbol in any font you wish.
- In the programming for the web using the HTML, enter the ™ (ampersand, pound sign, 0153, semicolon, and all of them with no spaces)
When these are placed correctly, the trademark symbol is superscripted. And if you prefer to create the own trademark symbols, type the letters T and M and then apply the superscript style to it.
The registered trademark symbol is ®, which gives the notice that the preceding word or symbol is a trademark or the service mark registered with the national trademark office. In the U.S., it is considered a fraud and is against the law to use the registered trademark symbol for the mark not officially registered in any country.
To create the registered trademark symbol (®):
- Type Option + R on the Mac computer.
- Then enable the Num Lock on Windows PC and then press the Alt key and after that, use the numeric keypad on the keyboard to type 0174 or the Character Map in the Windows search box and then select the copyright trademark symbol in any font of your choice. Top of Form
- In the web programming using the HTML, enter the ® (ampersand, pound sign, 0174, semicolon, and all of them with no spaces).
The correct presentation of the registered Trademark will be the circled R, ®, displayed on the baseline of the superscripted raised slightly and reduced in size.
Copyright is the legal right generated by a country’s law that permits the creator of original work some exclusive rights for its use and distribution. It is usually meant only for a limited time. A major limitation of copyright is that it protects the original expression of ideas and not the underlying ideas.
It is an intellectual property applicable to certain forms of creative work like books, poems, plays, songs, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and computer programs.
To create the copyright symbol (©):
- Type Option + G on the Mac computer.
- Then enable the Num Lock on Windows PC and then press the Alt key and after that, use the numeric keypad on the keyboard to type 0169 or the Character Map in the Windows search box and then select the copyright trademark symbol in any font of your choice. Top of Form
- In the web programming using the HTML, enter the © (ampersand, pound sign, 0169, semicolon, and all of them with no spaces).
The copyright mark’s correct presentation is the circled C,©, displayed on the baseline and not superscripted. To make the copyright symbol rest on the baseline, match up the size to the font’s x-height.