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A Trademark typically refers to a distinctive design, logo, graphics, symbols, words or any combination thereof that gives a kind of uniqueness to a firm’s products or services. In other words, a trademark basically distinguishes a brand’s products from its competitors. Though a trademark has not defined term of existence, it is necessary to register it to avert any misuse of the same. Through Trademark Registration, a brand owner can safeguard its brand or logo by stopping other people from using it. For example, the logo of REEBOK is a registered trademark of the brand. It is completely illegal to use the same for other products or services.
For a business, a trademark is an intangible asset and is primarily meant to safeguard business identity in the market. The respective trademark authority provides a unique TM number within 3 days of registration. However, it takes almost two years for it to get registered so that you can use it with your brand name. Besides company registration, trademark registration is also a necessary step that must be taken by a business owner.
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Benefits of Trademark Registration
Being the legal owner of your registered trademark, you can put a restriction on its usage byother people.You won’t be able to take any action against a 2nd party if your trademark is not registered with the government. The registered trademark holder is eligible to take some legal action against an individual who tries to copy the trademark with seeking the owner’s prior permission.
Distinctive Business Identity
One of the best advantages of trademark registration is that it helps businesses establish a unique identity in the market. This means no other competitor can use your trademark for otherproducts or services.
Registered trademark typically acts as an asset that its owner can choose tosell, franchise or allow it on the contract basis to another party. It results into a kind of intellectual property.
Trust or Goodwill
A registered trademark introduces some kind of distinctiveness to your product. Moreover, it also creates a sense of faith, goodwill and quality in the minds of customer.
Commercialize your brand
Registered trademark can be found easily as it getslisted in government trademark database. It brings more visibility to your brand that is really good for a business.
What can be trademarked?
1. Name: A person name can’t be trademarked
2. Word: Any word that doesn’t provide the clear description of the appeal or quality of the goods/ services. For example, Yahoo is a word that can be trademarked.
3. Numbers: Alphanumeric or Letters or numerals or any combination thereof. For example 320brand can be registered.
4. Image: Image, symbol, monograms, 3-dimensional shapes, letters etc.
5. Sound: Sound created in audio format. For ex the sound in the ad jingle
Who can make an application for trademark registration?
Any individual or business perceived to be owner can apply for a trademark including:
What are the popular trademark symbols?
The following trademark symbols are used majorly:
TM - This symbol can be fixed with the brand name until its trademark is not registered and the application is in pending status.
SM – It refers to Service Mark and primarily determines and distinguishes the origin of a service rather than a product. For a service, this symbol can be used.
R – This symbol becomes applicable when the mark is being registered and the Trademark Registrar has issued the Certificate of Registration.
What is Trademark Class?
There are 45 trademark classes that classify goods and services. While applying for trademark registration, it is mandatory to mention the class/classes of products/services.
What is the validity of a trademark?
A trademark comes with a limited validity period i.e. for 10 years. However, the owner can renew it any time
What is the difference between Trademark and Copyright?
A trademark refers to an intellectual property which is being allocated to a word or logo which symbolizes the source of Goods/services. Whereas a copyright gives you the protection for your exclusive content such as books, music, videos, songs or even software.
Which documents are needed for trademark registration in India?
In general, your identity proof is the first thing that needs to be submitted while applying for trademark registration. In case of business, company incorporation documents need to be submitted.
Will my registered trademark be usable globally?
No! Your registered trademark under Trademark Act 1999 is applicable only in India. However, in few other regions, it can be used as a base for registering the trademark in respective countries.
Is it beneficial to file trademark in my own name?
A large number of start-up crusaders register it in their own names, while big businesses typicallyregister it in the name of the company. This is due to the uncertainty on the future of a start-up. If owned by the creator, the trademark would remain valid irrespective of the state of the company. A trademark license agreement is, however, required in any such situation.