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Important Aspects of a Trademark Application

Aspects Trademark Application

Important Aspects of a Trademark Application

Trademark registration can be used to protect a company’s name or logo from use by other competitors. The exclusive right on the use of mark or logo can be confined only after registration of the mark with the Trademark Registrar. In order to register a trademark, an application must be made in the acceptable format to the Trademark Registrar. The Trademark Registrar would examine the trademark application and allow the mark to be registered if there are no oppositions, while the mark is advertised for registration in the Trademark Journal. In this article, we look at some of the important aspects of a trademark application, that can make or break the registration.

Type of Trademark

While registering a trademark, application can be made for a unique logo, word or other aspects like shape, smell and sound. However, logo or device and wordmark or the most popular types. Hence, before starting the application process, its best to have a discussion about the type of trademark registration and ensure its in line with the business objective.

Class of Trademark

The class of registration also impacts the application. For instance, if a word “Bullet” is registered under class 12, it still doesn’t bar the word from being registered under class 9, as both classes represent different types of goods. Hence, while choosing the class of registration, its important to check the NICE classification and ensure that the application matches the class under which the goods/services fall under.

Trademark Jurisdiction

Trademark Jurisdiction is divided into five areas in India based on the States. The State of the application would determine the correct jurisdiction. Hence, care must be taken to apply for the mark at the correct jurisdiction.

  • REGISTRAR OF TRADE MARKS, MUMBAI : The State of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Goa
  • REGISTRAR OF TRADE MARKS, AHMEDABAD : The State of Gujarat and Rajasthan and Union Territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
  • REGISTRAR OF TRADE MARKS, KOLKATA : The State of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura, Jharkhand and Union Territories of Nagaland, Andaman & Nikobar Islands.
  • REGISTRAR OF TRADE MARKS, NEW DELHI : The state of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Union Territories of Chandigarh
  • REGISTRAR OF TRADE MARKS, CHENNAI : The state of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Union Territories of Pondicherry and Lakshadweep Island

Trademark Applicant

Trademark registration can be made in the name of an individual, proprietorship, partnership firm, private limited company, one person company, LLP, Section 8 Company, Nidhi Company, Trust, Society, etc., Based on the type of applicant, the documents to be submitted and the authorised signatory would vary. Hence, care must be taken to ensure that the trademark applicant and authorised person signing the application are as per the Trademark Guidelines.

Trademark Description

The trademark description contains a list of products or services the mark represents. Its important for all the goods / service mentioned in the description to be within the class under which the application is made. If the trademark description contains a product or service not within the same class, then the application can be refused registration. Hence, special care must be taken to ensure that the trademark description is inline with the class of registration.

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