Talk:Bogleheads®:General disclaimer

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Service mark registration

The Bogleheads® service mark was registered on 11-Oct-2011. See Registration number 4036654 (Serial number 76706567), from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Guidance on display of the registered service mark

The ® symbol is used to indicate either a registered trademark or service mark.[1]

§ 29 (15 U.S.C. § 1111). Notice of registration; display with mark; recovery of profits and damages in infringement suit

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1072 of this title, a registrant of a mark registered in the Patent and Trademark Office, may give notice that his mark is registered by displaying with the mark the words "Registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office" or "Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off." or the letter R enclosed within a circle, thus ®; and in any suit for infringement under this chapter by such a registrant failing to give such notice of registration, no profits and no damages shall be recovered under the provisions of this chapter unless the defendant had actual notice of the registration.

There is no requirement to superscript the ® symbol; it's a method of using the symbol to highlight the registered mark. The wiki will not accept a superscript character in the page title. Therefore, use without a superscript ® is acceptable as long as ® appears with the service mark, e.g. Bogleheads®.[2]


Revision notes for this page:

  • LadyGeek 22:29, 14 October 2011 (EDT) -- Original content
  • LadyGeek 09:59, 15 October 2011 (EDT) -- Formatted above, clarified date and link title. Added USPS reference to clarify that no superscript notation is acceptable, but must use registration symbol.
  • LadyGeek 23:34, 5 August 2020 (UTC) -- Reorganized per Wikipedia manual of style, fixed broken links, replaced defunct USPS with USPTO source.


  1. "U.S. Trademark Law, Rules of Practice and Federal Regulations" (PDF). U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. February 15, 2020.
  2. "Basic Facts about Trademarks" (PDF). U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. February 2020. p. 12.