Trademark symbols ™
Trademark (also called trade mark) TM, Registered and Service Mark (or servicemark) signs are meaningful popular computer symbols. You can type trademark and registered symbols right from your keyboard. Continue reading and I'll show you how to do that using different techniques on Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux.
Meaning of ™, ® and ℠
- ™ tm for an unregistered trademark, that is, a mark used to promote or brand goods;
- ℠ sm for an unregistered service mark, that is, a mark used to promote or brand services;
- ® r for a registered trademark. The owner of a registered trademark may commence legal proceedings for trademark infringement to prevent unauthorized use of that trademark. However, registration is not required. The owner of a common law trademark may also file suit, but an unregistered mark may be protectable only within the geographical area within which it has been used or in geographical areas into which it may be reasonably expected to expand.
How to input trademark symbols
Choose your platform and read a guide.Windows
Shortcut technique that works on Desktops and most Laptops running MS Windows. You press Alt and, while holding it, type a code on Num Pad while it's turned on. Please, watch my guide if you're running a laptop. You can type many frequently used symbols with this method.
Configure your keyboard layout in Windows so that you can type all additional symbols you want as easy as any other text. Takes about 5-10 minutes to set things up, but you'll be typing like a boss. For example, you can assign trademark symbols to be something like AltGr (right alt key) + T, AltGr + R and AltGr + S, for example.
CharMap allows you to view and use all characters and symbols available in all fonts (some examples of fonts are "Arial", "Times New Roman", "Webdings") installed on your computer. You can input all symbols using it.
Emoji on iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)
You can make frequently used technical non-fancy symbols including trademark, registered and copyright symbols, aswell as åccénted letters on Mac using [Option] key. I've compiled a list of shortcuts in my article and explained how to open keyboard viewer. You can also use your Keyboard Viewer as an alternative to my list.
[Option] +  produces ™ trademark sign and [Option] + [R] produces ® registered trademark sign.
Character Palette allows you to view and use all characters and symbols, including trademark, available in all fonts (some examples of fonts are "Arial", "Times New Roman", "Webdings") installed on your computer.
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There actually are 3 different ways to type symbols on GNU/Linux with a keyboard. And all of them can produce trademarks.
Character map allows you to view and use all characters and symbols available in all fonts (some examples of fonts are "Arial", "Times New Roman", "Webdings") installed on your computer. It can also help you lookup Unicode codes for entering symbols with keyboard.
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