This statute authorizes a trademark owner to use the trademark registration symbol ( ) in conjunction with a mark when the mark has been placed on either the principal or the supplemental trademark register. It also requires use of that symbol as a condition of receiving certain types of damages in a trademark infringement lawsuit.
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.