What can you Trademark? Who can all apply for a Trademark?
According to the trademark rules of India, items like sound, logo, words, phrases, colours, images, symbols, initials or a combination of all these can be trademarked. All of these should be made use to make your business stand out from the rest.
A trademark application can be done by private firms, individuals, companies, LLP’s, or NGO’s. In the case of NGOs, LLP’s or companies, the trademark has to be applied for registration in the name of the concerned business.
Why is Trademark Registration important in India?
A GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
A product or service being sold under a registered trademark helps in building up trust, reliability, quality, and goodwill in the minds of customers. It offers you a unique identity when compared to other sellers especially when you sell it on online platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, etc.
A LEGAL PROTECTION
In case you doubt that your trademark is being copied by anyone else, you can take up the issue legally and sue them if you have registered your logo, brand name or slogan.
GET YOUR UNIQUE IDENTITY
Customers will identify a particular product or service only with the brand. Registering a trademark ensures that competitors will not use it and hence it remains as a company’s unique asset.
The trademark can be a valuable asset in case your brand creates a name and succeeds. It can be commercially contracted, sold and franchised.
GLOBAL FILING OF TRADEMARK
A trademark that is registered and filed in India can also be filed in other countries outside India. Likewise, foreigners can also get a trademark registered in India.
How we help with Trademark Registration? A detailed Trademark application filing process
We help in your trademark search by conducting the search using trademark(™) director. We also conduct a detailed check on the trademark logo and brand name that you had selected to ensure that it is not yet registered under anybody else’s name. The trademark can be registered once it is found to be unique. In case your logo or brand name is already registered by someone else, we help you find ways to modify it so that your registration does not get cancelled.
While applying for registration, you need to apply it under the right classification of classes. We help you choose the right class under which you need to register. The trademark offers you the right to sell under a particular brand name within a certain sector in the economy. In total, there are about 45 sectors and each sector is named as a class. Goods and services are classified into 45 different classes by the Trademark Registry. Every logo or brand name has to be registered under the appropriate class. For example, the Class 28 includes products and services related to games, sports and toys. Hence, if you are planning to launch a new toy brand, you will have to apply under the Class 28.
PREPARING THE APPLICATION
After we ensure that your brand name or logo is unique and can be registered, we proceed with the application by preparing the authorization letter first. This gives us the right to make the trademark registration on your behalf. You can sign the letter and return it back to us. We further help you fill out the form and keep updating you about the proceedings until the registration process is complete.
Documents needed for Trademark Registration
- An authorization letter that is duly signed by you allows us to file for trademark registration on behalf of you. After receiving the authorization letter, we start with the preparation of your documents, file the application online and also pay for it. Soon, you receive the confirmation of the application, and you will get the right to use the ™ symbol.
- While filing for the trademark registration, the documents you need to provide are as follows:
- Applicant’s name
- Business type
- Business objectives
- Brand/logo/slogan name
- Registration address
IDENTITY AND BUSINESS PROOFS
The trademark owner or the person who is authorized by the trademark owner needs to submit their identity proof. It can be your Aadhar card, driving license, passport, ration card or voter’s id.
USING LOGO WITH TAGLINE
If a trademark application is made for a tagline with only words there is no need of a logo. In cases where a logo is used, then it should be submitted in black and white format. The number of words in the logo should exactly be the same as mentioned in the application for a trademark.
On behalf of you, an attorney is authorized to file for the trademark application with the Trademark registrar. The trademark user affidavit should be submitted in case a claim for the previous trademark was made in the application.
Important things know about the online Trademark Registration Process
Nowadays, with the advent of technological advancements, a trademark registration can be easily made online. You can get the help of a registered Trademark attorney to file online without taking an effort to visit the registry office.