Can bar codes serve as trademarks?

Well the short answer is … yes. Beyond words and logos and so forth, the Trademark Office has continued to recognize an extensive range of marks that function as unique identifiers of a specific producer of a product or service. Colors, sounds and even smells have been granted registration. And bar codes are no exception.

Read here for additional information and examples of registered custom bar codes >> Bar Code trademarks.

For general information about trademark law basics in layperson language, click here.

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Why Copyright and Information Technology Rules the 21st Century

Check out this fantastic vid on the impact, influence and importance of intellectual property and information technology in the 21st century! IP and IT are two areas that every lawyer and law student should be fully aware of and informed about! Stay on the cutting edge in the 21st century.

Click here to watch a fantastic video on the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman. [4:56]