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registrant's claim of ownership of the mark, a legal presumption of ownership, and the exclusive right to use the mark as set forth in the registration. • The superscript symbol TM (™) is used to provide notice of a claim of rights in an unregistered trademark which means it does not guarantee protection under trademark laws. • The symbol SM functions similarly to the TM symbol for an unregistered service mark, also without a guarantee of protection under trademark laws. • The ® symbol should be used only in connection with registered marks. Use of ® with any unregistered trademark could result in fraud claims or other problems enforcing trademarkrights. Registration of a mark used in Michigan gives the owner of the mark certain limited legal protection. Contact the Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, Bureau of Commercial Services, Corporation Division at 517.241.6470. There is a registration fee. For use throughout the United States, trademarks and service marks may also be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, (USPTO), USPTO Contact Center, Post Office Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 or by telephone at 800.786.9199 or available online at: www.uspto.gov Copyrights A copyright enables its owner to exclude others from reproducing certain works, such as books, musical compositions, technical drawings and computer programs. Copyright notice is the symbol © (the letter C inside a circle) or "Copyright", followed by the year of the first publication of the work and the name of the copyright holder. The copyright notice for sound recordings of musical or other audio works is a sound recording copyright symbol ℗ (the letter P inside a circle). Similarly, the phrase “All rights reserved” may also be used to assert copyright. A cop- yright may be registered by filing an application with the Library of Congress, U.S. Copyright Office, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. 20559-6000; Phone 202.707.3000 or toll free 877.476.0778, or online at: www.copyright.gov 27