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Area of Practices - Trademark

A trademark is a distinctive sign which identifies certain goods or services as those produced or provided by a specific person or enterprise. Its origin dates back to ancient times, when craftsmen reproduced their signatures, or "marks" on their artistic or utilitarian products. Over the years these marks evolved into today's system of trademark registration and protection. The system helps consumers identify and purchase a product or service because its nature and quality, indicated by its unique trademark, meets their needs.

What does a trademark do?

A trademark provides protection to the owner of the mark by ensuring the exclusive right to use it to identify goods or services, or to authorize another to use it in return for payment. The period of protection varies, but a trademark can be renewed indefinitely beyond the time limit on payment of additional fees. Trademark protection is enforced by the courts, which in most systems have the authority to block trademark infringement.

As per the Trade Marks Act, 1999 Trade mark means a mark, that is a device, brand, heading, label, ticket, name or an abbreviation of a name, signature, word, letter or numeral, shape of goods, packaging or combinations of colors or any combination thereof. It must be used or propose to be used in relation to goods or service, which are the subject of trade or manufacture. The mark must have some size to be a mark at all, but the size required to satisfy the Act cannot be defined.


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