If you want to stand out from the rest, one of the unique identities is a trademark. A trademark is a type of intellectual property, which consists of a recognizable sign, design, or expression. It is a characteristic brand representation tool which tells the people that a particular product is from this particular Company.
Trademarks in India are registered by the Controller General Of Patents, Designs and Trademarks and Ministry Of Industry and Commerce, Government Of India. The Trademark Act, 1999, allows you to register the trademark under this act and also allows you to sue anyone who tries to use your trademark.
The symbols and usage of the Company trademark registration
R symbol - This protects the trademark from being copied
™ Symbol - This is for unregistered trademarks and warns others from copying your logo, name or symbol
C symbol - It stands for contents which do not have any copyright issues.
SM symbol - is applicable for classes from 35 to 45 and doesn’t guarantee protection against copyright issues.
For the Trademark registration pROCess in India, the following documents are required:
Applicant’s name along with ID proof such as AADHAR, driving license or passport.
Business type and Business proof
Objectives of the Business
A Brand name or a logo name along with a slogan name
Registration address and the registration proof
How to apply for trademark registration in India?
The following is the pROCedure for the trademark registration in India.
The first and foremost thing which is required for the registration pROCess is deciding a name. Find a suitable and catchy name for your firm for the most common names would have been already taken.
Prepare a trademark application
Fill the application for the Brand Name registration. This can either be done via the manual mode or e-filling (trademark registration online). You can change the name twice, without any further charges after making a payment of Rs. 1000.
Examination of the pROCess of the brand name application meaning your name shouldn't conflict with other brands.
After this, the registrar would publish the name in the Indian Trade Mark Journal. Now from the date of publication, if there isn’t any opposition within a period of 3 months, then you are good to go with your name.
After all these pROCesses, you are good to have your issuance certificate after a sPAN of 3 months and can use the ™ symbol.