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Business Facts

  • There are 28 million small businesses in the U.S. -- which outnumber corporations 1162 to 1.
  • 70% of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person.
  • Small businesses employ 57% of the country's private workforce.
  • Small businesses pay 44% of U.S. payroll.
  • Only 50% of businesses survive five years.
  • Immigrants make up 12.5% of small business owners nationwide.
  • 60 to 80% of all new jobs come from small businesses.

For further assistance with trademark services or questions regarding the process please contact our specialists at 888-300-3039.

A trademark is a recognizable sign, design or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organization, or any legal entity. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity trademarks are also being displayed on company buildings.


A trademark may be designated by the following symbols:
 

  • ™ (the "trademark symbol", which is the letters "TM", for an unregistered trademark, a mark used to promote or brand goods
  • ℠ (which is the letters "SM" in superscript, for an unregistered service mark, a mark used to promote or brand services)
  • ® (the letter "R" surrounded by a circle, for a registered trademark)

Trademarks