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Can I register a trademark for a sound?

Under United States trademark law a sound can serve as a trademark. The United States Patent and Trademark Office defines a sound trademark as one that “…identifies and distinguishes a product or service through audio rather than visual means. Examples of sound marks include: (1) a series of tones or musical notes, with or without words, and (2) wording accompanied by music.” Simply put, from a customer perspective, if a sound can be readily associated with the source of a particular good or service, then the sound is considered distinctive enough to possibly be registrable.

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