A trademark (popularly known as brand name) in layman’s language is a visual symbol which may be a word signature, name, device, label, numerals or combination of colours used by one undertaking on goods or services or other articles of commerce to distinguish it from other similar goods or services originating from a different undertaking.
An application for the registration of trademarks is required to be filed with the office of Registrar of Trademarks. The office of Registrar of Trademarks then conducts an examination of the application, and search to identify if there exist any prior registration or application and publish the trade marks before accepting the application. Once the application is accepted, the mark will be registered in the trade marks register and a certificate of registration will be issued. The first term of registration is 10 years, which can be extendable from time to time. An application is required to be filed at the Trade Marks registry within whose territorial jurisdiction the Applicant is located.
- Researching new Trademark/s and carrying out searches to see if the proposed trademark is already in use.
- Advising on Trademark availability for use or registration and overseeing all procedural details of trademark registration.
- Filing and processing of application for Registration of Trademark.
- Ongoing support for Intellectual Property watch.