A trade mark is a sign that you can use to distinguish your business’ goods or services from others.
Trademark registration can also be obtained for a business name, distinctive catch phrases, taglines or captions. Through a registered trade mark, you can protect your brand (or “mark”) by restricting other people from using its name or logo.
The letters, words, names, signatures, labels, devices, tickets, shapes, colours can be registered as a trade mark but a mark must be distinctive and capable of distinguishing your goods or services from similar ones of other traders.
Use of TM, SM and ® symbols
'TM' stands for Trademark and 'SM' stands for Servicemark. The use of TM and SM symbols notifies the public that the company is claiming exclusive ownership of the trademark and can generally be used by one who has filed a trademark application.
The ® symbol, can be used only once the trademark is registered and the registration certificate is issued. Also, you may use the registration symbol only in connection with the goods and/or services in respect of which the trademark is registered.
The registration process is the same for both trademarks and service marks.
Once acquired, a trade mark can last indefinitely as long as you renew it every 10 years. Because a registered trade mark is a form of IP, you can license or assign it to others.
Yes. As registration of name under Companies Act does not provide ownership in a name as do trademark registrations.
Yes. As purchase of domain name does not provide ownership in a name as do trademark registrations
Trademark registration is valid for 10 years. This may be renewed for the further period of 10 years on payment of renewal fees.
® (Registered symbol) can be used once trademark is registered and registration certificate is issued.
Till the registration is in process, one can represent trademark along with the letters TM.
It is a lengthy process of approx. 18-24 months to obtain registration in a straight-forward case, without any objections or oppositions.
No, you needn’t to be available in person, trademark registration process is online. A scanned copy of documents can be sent to us via mail, and we will handle the rest.