19 Nov 2020, 09:46 — 8 min read
Trademark is a sign that will help you to distinguish the products made by your company from others. In this article we will explore:
Evolution of Trademark
Why is Trademark registration necessary?
What are the benefits of Trademark protection?
Steps are required to Trademark your business
What all documents are required to trademark your business?
Cost of Trademark
What are the various types of Trademarks in India?
If we consider ancient times, we will see that the majority of the population was unable to read and write and used symbols to let people know which product belonged to whom. With the expansion of trade and commerce, marks and symbols used by Greek and Romanian potters for identification purposes. Now coming to medieval England, sword makers needed to use identification marks in their swords so that the makers of the defective piece can be traced back to punishment. As time went on, marks came to be used as a base to prove one’s ownership over the goods produced by them. From the 10th-century, ‘merchants mark’ or ‘proprietary mark’ came into existence. With the gradual emergence of trade and crafts guilds during the 14th and 15th centuries, people started using trademarks as an identification mark for goods and services.
Moreover, the British Trademark Act of 1875 formalized the whole concept of ‘trademark’ to the modern world. The Government of England has reenacted this act several times. India borrowed the British Trademark act of 1938 and prepared its very own and first Trademark Act of 1940. After several modelling and remodelling, the Trademark Act 1999 has been in force from the 30th December 1999.
Also read: Protecting your brand through trademark registration
Trademark is a sign that will help you to distinguish the products made by your company from others. All the famous companies around the globe have some specific trademarks of their own. A trademark can be a word, name, symbol or slogan. By trademarking your brand, you are now assured of your life that no one else will ever try to forge your product. In case anyone does that, the laws of the country will safeguard you.
Registering your trademark is always a good idea as it will provide you with lots of benefits. Here are some points which will justify the reason for trademark registration.
Still, there are few companies and owners who keep on postponing the registration of trademarks until something seriously goes wrong with their business. For them here is a detailed trademark filing process to help you out.
Also read: How to register a trademark for your brand
The documents that you need to provide while making an application to trademark your business are:
The trademark registration fees are:
The trademark attorney professional fee is Rs. 3500/- per application/ per class.
Based on the Trademark Act of India 1999, India provides trademark registration under the following categories:
If you are an owner of a budding business but you have not yet applied for trademark registration, go for one immediately. Therefore, it will give your business permanent assurance against any harm and fraud.
Also read: Common trademark mistakes to avoid
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