“Trademarks” or “Service-marks” are unique recognizable “Sign”, Design”, “Logo”, “Expression”, “Business Name”, “Distinctive Catch Phrases”, “Tagline” or “Captions” for products or services. A well-promoted trademark may become the most valuable asset of your business as it serves as an indication of origin as well as quality.
The trademarks registry was established in India in 1940 and presently administers the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the rules made thereunder. The objective of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 is to register trademarks and to provide for better protection of trademarks for goods and services and also to prevent fraudulent use of the marks.
“TM” stands for “Trademark” and “SM” stands for “Service-mark”. The use of “TM” and “SM” symbols notifies that the owner is claiming exclusive ownership and can generally be used by one who has filed an application for registration. The symbol ® can be used once the trademark is registered and the registration certificate is issued.
The registration process is the same for trademarks and service-marks.
Registrar of Trademarks
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