Well known geographical names such as SWISS chocolates or U.S.A. pizza are also not registrable. There are also other factors to be considered in the adoption of trademarks, which is beyond the scope of this text.
Any word, name, device, label, numerals or a combination of colors that can be represented graphically (in a paper) can be registered as a trademark. The trademark to be registered must also be distinctive for the services or goods for which it is proposed to be registered.
Any trademark, which is identical or deceptively similar to an existing registered trademark or trademark for which application for registration has been made, cannot be registered. Also trademark that would likely cause deception or confusion or is offensive may not be registered. Geographical names, common names, common trade words and common abbreviation can also not be registered as a trademark.
Trademark registrations are distinctive to the goods or services it is represents. Therefore, trademark registration are made under a "Class" of goods or service it represents. The trademark registration will therefore be valid for the entire class of goods or service it represents.
To standardize the goods or services, which the trademark will represent, the Trademark Registry has a list of 45 Classes under which all types of goods and services are represented. The trademark application must mention the type of goods or services the trademark will represent under one or more of the classes, and trademark registration is granted for that specific class of goods or service.
No, trademark registered in India will be valid only in India. However, some countries use the trademark registration in India as a basis for registering the trademark in their country.
Yes, a foreign person or a foreign entity can apply for trademark registration in India.
Any person claiming to be the owner of the trademark used or proposed to be used can apply for trademark registration. The person can be an individual, company, NGO, etc.
A copy of the trademark to be registered along with the address and identity proof of the trademark owner is required. In case of Company, the name of the Company along with its Certificate of Incorporation and Address proof is required.
Trademark application can be filed with the trademark registry in a matter of days. However, it will typically take 8 to 24 months for the Trademark Registry to complete their formalities and provide registration for the trademark.
The TM mark can be used along with the trademark once the trademark application is filed with the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks.
The ® mark can be used once the trademark application is approved by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks and trademark registration is provided.
Registered trademarks are valid for 10 years from date of filing. Prior to the end of the validity, the trademark owner can file for renewal to keep the trademark registration current.
In case there is infringement on a registered trademark, there are several ways to stop it or sue for damages. A legal suit can be filed in a District Court where infringement has occurred or arbitration proceedings can be initiated or other legal measures can be initiated to stop the trademark infringement.
A registered trademark is an intellectual property, which can be sold, transferred, gifted, franchised, etc., Trademark registration gives the owner of the trademark ownership over the trademark and any person wishing to use the trademark must obtain the registered trademark owners consent.
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