Trademark FAQs

What is a trademark?

A trademark is word, phrase, or design that is used by an individual, business organization, or other legal entity to identify that the products or services to consumers with which the trademark appears originate from a unique source, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities.  A trademark is typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements.  A trademark owner has the right, among other things, to prevent unauthorized use of that trademark that would confuse consumers about source or origin. .

For example “Myspace” and the Myspace logo are trademarks of Myspace LLC.

What is a registered trademark?

A registered trademark is a trademark (word, phrase, or design) that has been registered with a recognized trademark office, such as the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office (“USPTO”).  A registered trademark serves as notice to the public of the registrant's claim of ownership of the mark, legal presumption of ownership, and exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration.  Registered trademarks are usually denoted by the use of the ® symbol.  Please visit the USPTO's website for more information about trademark registration in the U.S.  For international trademark registration offices, please visit the World Intellectual Property Organization’s trademark page.  The owner of a registered trademark may commence legal proceedings for trademark infringement to prevent improper use of that trademark.

What is a trademark class?

A trademark class is a category of goods or services that a trademark is associated with.  Generally, the same trademark may not be used by competing products or services in the same class.  The same trademark may be used by two separate goods or services as long as they are not in the same class.

How to report trademark infringement?

If you believe that your trademark is being infringed by content or material on Myspace, we encourage you to resolve the dispute directly with the Member in question.  If you are unable to reach a resolution with the Member or prefer to contact us directly, you may submit a trademark claim by visiting our Trademark Infringement Policy help guide.