A trademark is a visual symbol that can be a word, name, numbers, label, color combination, etc used by business to distinguish it services or products from other same goods or services which are made in different business. Trademarks in India are listed by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Trademarks are registered under the Trademark Act, 1999 and give the trademark owner the power to sue for losses when infringements of trademarks happen. Registered trademarks are intellectual property for business, they are used to safeguard the company’s investment in the brand or symbol. Trademarks are necessary to get registrable if it is unique for the products and services you give.
Proposed trademarks that are the same or identical to an existing registered trademark cannot be registered. Moreover, trademarks are not registrable if it is offensive, general, unreliable, not unique, includes specifically protected emblems, etc.
Once a trademark registration process is done, the R symbol can be applied and the registration will become valid for 10 years. Registered trademarks nearing expiry can regularly renew the registration process by filing a trademark renewal application for a time of another 10 years.
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What can be registered as a trademark?
A name including personal or surname of the applicant or predecessor in business or the signature of the person e.g, the name Dhirubai Ambani can be trademarked.
A word which is not being directly descriptive of the character or quality of the goods / service. For example Google is a word which has been trademarked.
Alphanumeric or Letters or numerals or any combination thereof. For example 555 brand.
Image, symbol, monograms, 3-dimensional shapes, letters etc. For example the tick in Nike logo.
Sound marks in audio format. For ex the sound in the ad jingle
Except these, the other things which can be trademarked are an invented word or any arbitrary dictionary word or words, letters or numerals, devices which may include fancy devices or symbols, monograms, a combination of colors or a single color in combination with a word or device,the shape of goods or their packaging, 3- dimensional sign, slogans and phrase, logo, graphic content, etc.
Who can all apply for a Trademark?
In context to the trademark rules and regulations in India, things like sound, logo, words, phrases, colors, images, symbols, initials or a mixture of all these can be registered.
A trademark application can be made by:
- Private firms
- Companies- Limited Liability Partnership, OPC, Private limited, Public, Partnership, etc.
Note: In the case of NGOs and LLP companies the trademark has to be applied for registration in the name of the concerned business or a company.
Any person, pretending to be the proprietor of a trademark used or intended to be applied by him, may apply in writing in a prescribed manner for registration. The application must include the trademark, the goods or services, name and address of candidate with power of attorney, the time of use of the mark. The application must be in English or Hindi. It must be registered at the appropriate office.
The applications can be submitted individually at the Front Office Counter of the particular office or can be sent by post.