Service Mark

What is a Service Mark?

In the US, a service mark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods.

The only difference between a service mark and a trade mark, is that a service mark identifies and distinguishes the supplier of a service and a trade mark identifies and distinguishes the supplier of goods. In some countries the distinct between service and goods is not made and the marks are classified as trade marks.

For example a parcel delivery service does not offer physical goods for sale but may have a servicemark identifying and distinguishing its service from others on its promotional material, staff uniforms or delivery vehicles.

For further information see the Wikipedia service mark definition.

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Last modified March 23rd, 2016 by Michael Brown

About the Author

Chartered accountant Michael Brown is the founder and CEO of Double Entry Bookkeeping. He has worked as an accountant and consultant for more than 25 years in all types of industries. He has been the CFO or controller of both small and medium sized companies and has run small businesses of his own. He has been a manager and an auditor with Deloitte, a big 4 accountancy firm, and holds a BSc from Loughborough University.

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