This refers to using a TM symbol for puzzles.
On this site, there are a few instances where the OPs have decided to use the Trade Mark symbol TM for the type of puzzle they have come up with. For example Words/Phrases combination for a particular type of puzzle comes with a TM symbol.
Having worked in the IP (Intellectual Property) field in US, here is my understanding of the use of either TM or RM symbol:
Any individual or organization can choose to trade mark their word/logo for products and services. But the protection for that trade marked word/phrase is limited.
The individual or company can decide to Register the Trade Mark with the Govt Patent/Trade Mark office. It involves TM searches and costs. If the Govt. agency allows the TM and registers it, then the company can start using the symbol RM for it. Then they get a significant protection under the law.
The same word/logo can be RMed for completely different fields. It does happen.
So my understanding is that one can TM anything without going to any Govt agency (in US). But until the TM is registered the protection is very limited.
Can puzzles or words in puzzles be RM? Is Sudoku a RM? No one on any site seems to use it that way. Is there a trade mark policy for this site?
Importantly, on this site are we legally required to use the TM symbol? Or is it just a courtesy?