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Like copyrights, a trademark does not have to be registered to be legal. If you can place a TM next to our logo to show it is yours, you own the trademark. When you register a trademark, which I beleive costs $50/year with the federal gov’t (and I never heard anything about it taking 5 years) then you can place the R in a circle.
A trade name is different. In order to operate under a business name in your state (other than just your name) then you have to register a trade name with the state. In Colorado it costs $8/year and takes about 5 minutes at the department of revenue (where you get your drivers license). When you register your trade name, nobody else can operate under that name in your state.