Why is Trademark Registrations Important?

  • A Trademark is a sign of serious commercial intent and protects/increases the goodwill of the owner’s business
  • It is seen as an evidence of ownership
  • A trademark gives the owner legal recourse against illicit use

Why is Trademark Registrations Important?

What can Register as a Trademarks?

Generally, the following can be registered as trademarks,

  • Invented words – one or more
  • A word, or combination of words, a logo, device, symbol, phrase, design, or a combination of any of these which do not directly allude to the character or quality of the goods or services
  • Words without geographical significance and words which don’t connote a personal name, surname or common abbreviation
  • A trademark which has acquired distinctiveness through use over a fairly long period of time

What cannot Register as a Trademarks?

Trademark applications are filed in the name of the owner of the said mark, who can be,

  • An individual, partnership, body corporate, society, trust or any other body, which uses or controls the use of the mark, and which determines the nature and quality of the goods/ services for which the trademark is to be used
  • Trademarks are granted not only to Indian citizens; applicants of any nationality can apply

Who may Register a Trademark?

  • Marks resembling existing, established trademarks, which are intended to be used in the same line of products/services
  • Confusing/deceptive marks
  • Unlawful marks
  • Scandalous/obscene/religiously inflammatory marks

The use of the ™ and the ® symbols

The ™ symbol is an alert to the users/public that the mark bearing this symbol is being used in commerce, and/or that an application for registration of the mark is pending at the Trademarks Registry. The ® symbol, however can only be used against marks which have already been registered by the Registry. The use of this symbol on a mark which is unregistered constitutes a criminal offence.

Is an Indian Trademark valid abroad?

No. The owner of the trademark has rights only in the country which has granted it. However, some countries (especially those which do not have Trademark laws, like Nepal) recognize an Indian trademark registration as the basis for registering that particular mark in its territory.