Wikivoyage:Trademarks

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Trademark is a legal instrument that companies and individuals can use to preserve their own or their products' reputations. This guideline discusses the use of trademarks in Wikivoyage.

It's perfectly OK to use a trademark to refer to the object or company. That is, if you're talking about Disneyland, call it Disneyland.

Trademark symbols[edit]

Firms and individuals often use the ® (registered trademark) or ™ (trademark) or ℠ (service mark) symbols when referring to their own products, names, or services. This notifies the public that the word or image used is a trademark.

However, no one else is required to use the ™ or other symbols. Since typically only trademark owners use these symbols, they usually end up on promotional literature, ads, boxes, etc. Using these symbols on Wikivoyage makes it look like promotional literature, or that we're pandering to the trademark holders. They also clutter up our guides with extra "noise" characters that don't serve any purpose. For these reasons, avoid using the ™, ®, or ℠ symbols.

Trademark disclaimers[edit]

Promotional literature also often has trademark notices at the end: Foo and the Foo logo are trademarks of The Foo Company. Again, we are under no obligation to make these statements, so we can safely avoid trademark disclaimers.

Trademark redirects[edit]

Where one company has a monopoly or near-monopoly, in rare instances we redirect the trademarked name to the generic article; for instance, AmtrakRail travel in the United States.

Trademarks used as generic nouns[edit]

Some trademarks are used as generic nouns in daily speech. When describing a generic product (at least when competitors are available), a non-proprietary noun should be preferred.

A brief list of such trademarks frequently used by travellers:

Trademarked name Generic name
Airbnb Hospitality exchange
Astroturf Artificial turf
Cashpoint Cash machine, ATM
Jacuzzi Hot tub
Jeep Terrain vehicle
Jet ski Water scooter
Kleenex Facial tissue
Learjet Business jet
Memory stick Flash memory
Rollerblades Inline skates
Segway Personal transporter
Tarmac Asphalt
Uber Ride hailing services
Velcro Hook-and-loop fastener
Vespa Motor scooter
ZIP code postcode

See Wikipedia's list of those. See also English language varieties as many are distinctly regional in use.