What is a Trademark Registration?
A trademark is the unique identity that makes a product or service unique from the rest of the world. The unique identity can be a logo, photograph, slogan, word, sound, colour combination or graphics. If you have a unique identity for logo, then the only way to protect it as your own unique trademark identity. A registered trademark is very important for a business and it is an important business’s intellectual property and an intangible asset. It acts as a shield of the company’s investment made in the branding which includes logo.
In India, trademarks are registered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Ministry Of Industry and Commerce, (GOI) Government of India. A Business can register the trademark under the act named, The Trademark Act, 1999. According to the patent law, the registration provides the right to take any legal action and sue against others who try to copy your business trademark.
Once the trademark registration is done, you can use an ® symbol along with it which signifies the trademark, with 10 years of validity from the date of registration. You can easily get the symbol ™ within 5 days. But, to get an ®, it takes up to 2 years.
Why is Trademark Registration Important in India?
A Great Business Opportunity
A product or service being sold under a registered trademark is very beneficial as it helps in building up trust, reliability, quality, and goodwill for the customers. It offers you a unique and authorised identity when compared to other sellers especially when you sell it on online platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, etc.
A Legal Protection
If you ever feel that your trademark is being copied by anyone else, you can raise the issue on the legal level and sue them if you have registered your logo, brand name or slogan.
Gives Your Business Unique Identity
Customers will identify a particular product or service only if you have a proper branding for your business. Trademark registration ensures that competitors will not use the logo and hence it remains as a business’s unique asset.
The trademark is a very valuable asset and an important Intellectual Property rights if your brand creates a name and succeeds. It can be commercially contracted, sold and franchised.
Global Filing Of Trademark
According to the law, A trademark which is registered and filed in India can also be filed in other countries outside India. Similarly, foreigners can also get a trademark registered in India.
Trademark Symbols and Their Usages
This symbol signifies unregistered trademarks. It protects your trademark and warns others from copying your logo, name or symbol. The ™ symbol does not give you protection which states that others can use your logo or name in case your application gets rejected due to any reason.
You can receive the ® symbol as soon as your trademark application is accepted and your registration process is complete. This symbol helps to protect the trademark from infringement.
The C symbol depicts for contents which do not have any copyright issues. The symbol is compulsory in many countries for copyright claims.
The service industry uses the SM symbol. The symbol is used for classes from 35 to 45. However, It does not guarantee protection against copyright issues.
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