Register your trademark and Protect your brand identity.
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A trademark (popularly known as brand name) in layman’s language is a visual symbol which may be a word signature, name, device, label, logo, 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.
Procedure for Trademark registration
SELECTION OF CLASSES & TRADEMARK SEARCH
In all, there are 45 classes of Trademark, before applying for registration you need to know under which section or class your product lies. Every brand has registered themselves under a particular class. Make sure while searching you are aware of the class under which your product lies. Prior to documenting a trademark application, it's prescribed that a trademark search need to be done to know all comparable or existing trademark applications recorded alongside with its status.
APPLICATION FILING (GET ™ NUMBER) & USE ™ SYMBOL
Fill the form 48, after filing the application you will receive a ™ number by which you can start using ™ symbol as well as the track your application easily. As soon as you complete filing you will be liable to use the ™ symbol on your Trademark.
APPLICATION PROCESSING BEGINS
As soon as the filing is completed, the Government will process the application within 1 year. It can also happen that the Trademark might get rejected or objected in case find similar with existing registered Trademark.
THE OBJECTION OF THE TRADEMARK & HEARING
A trademark application can be objected to during verification, therefore while search you need to make sure that the trademark does not exist. In case your Trademark is objected you need to provide the evidence against it within 30 days of objection. If the officer rejects your application you need to provide appropriate evidence proving the details against the objection. If the registrar is satisfied then he will forward the document. But in case its rejected again then a hearing will be scheduled where you have to explain about the details and why it should be approved.
PUBLISHING JOURNAL FOR 90 DAYS
In case the application is accepted then it will be published in the Trademark journal for 90 days. In between that period, an individual has an opportunity to raise for an opposition. If it's opposed then the person will get a chance to prove about the opposition.
GET CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION
When you will pass through all these stages, and if the application is approved then you can start using the ® symbol which indicates that the Trademark has been registered. The entire procedure depends on the government which might take a year or two.