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"TM" means that a name or design has been trademarked in a state, or that someone intends to register it as a trademark or service mark.

® means that a name or design is a registered trademark - i.e., it has been trademarked in a country.

Jin Shin Do® is listed on the Principal Register of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The "Jin Shin Do" trademark was first registered in California in 1980. Registration in the U.S. (®) was in 1983, and this registration is now incontestable, as is the Canadian registration of Jin Shin Do®, which was in 1987. "Jin Shin Do" was then registered in Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., Sweden, Norway, and the Benelux countries. CTM registration in 1999 covers the 28 member countries of the European Union, and we have Senior Status in the countries in which Jin Shin Do® was previously trademarked. Registration in Australia and New Zealand was in 2006.

U.S. registration of the JSD Encircled Tree logo (®) was in 1991, CTM registration was in 2013, & Canadian registration was in 2014.


Bodymind Acupressure® was registered in California in 1986 and in the U.S. in 2007 and in Canada in 2015.

The name JIN SHIN DO® identifies, as an exclusive source, Iona Marsaa Teeguarden and the Authorized Jin Shin Do® Teachers and Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurists in the Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure®, while symbolizing our good will and reputation.

These trade identity rights are fully protectable under federal laws pertaining to marks, trade names and unfair competition. If you have had any prior association with Jin Shin Do, it is also a violation of trademark law to use similar names like "Jin Shin," because this would create confusion in the public mind.

Additionally, the Jin Shin Do® numbering system is protected under trademark law. We have proprietary rights to this numbering system because it designates "Jin Shin Do" and Iona Marsaa Teeguarden as its point of origin.

With the help of our longtime trademark attorney and his associates in other countries, we do enforce our trademarks, in order to protect the integrity of Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®.

If you wish to advertise Jin Shin Do® and/or Bodymind Acupressure® as a part of your practice, you may do so if you fulfill the requirements to become a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist and remain in good standing with the Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure®.

If you wish to teach Jin Shin Do®. Bodymind Acupressure®, you may do so if you fulfill the requirements to become an Authorized Jin Shin Do® Teacher and remain in good standing with the Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure®.

See: Teacher & Practitioner Requirements

If you wish to offer Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® classes at your school or center, you can easily find an Authorized Jin Shin Do® Teacher, since many of them are willing to travel to teach. (If you like, you can contact Iona Marsaa Teeguarden at jinshindo@earthlink.net for suggestions in this regard.)

See: Teachers Worldwide.


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