Devising an IP Protection System
Assistance in Trademark, Patents & Copyrights
Liaisnoning with regulatory bodies
Litigations & Disputes
Advisory on a Strong IP Regime
Trademark is a symbol, word, phrase, logo, or combination of these that legally distinguishes one company’s product from any others. Any infringement on a trademark is illegal. For example: A globally recognized trademarked logo is Coca-Cola’s wave. Now, if any other company tries woo consumers by using the same logo, this would directly tantamount to the infringement of Coca-Cola’s trademark rights thereby giving Coca-Cola the right to sue the infringing party.
Simply put, to maintain your Identity. Trademarking will not only make sure of your entity’s uniqueness, but it would also bestow on you the following advantages:
Trademark availability search is just to ensure your intended and proposed trade name is not available anywhere else and also unique, special and distinctive in nature. Conducting Trademark Availability search is essential before trademark filling so that you save both time and money.
It also states on what are the classes it is available. Trademark classes are different headings from 1 to 45 which categorizes various Trade and Services. An entity’s nature of business determines its class. So, if an organisation provides Education Service through IT/ ITES tools then it can be applied in 2 Classes i.e. 1 for Education and other for IT/ ITES. An entity hence can apply in many classes to protect its brand getting exploited.
Taxmantra’s customized Search Report highlights not only in what classes the Trademark is available but also what are the chances of getting it approved. We do not only use traditional approach of Trademark Search but we do a State of the Art Search to give you a holistic picture.
A trademark is valid for a period of ten (10) years at a time from the Time the Ministry gives the approval. The trademark owner reserves the right to file for renewal prior to expiry of the trademark rights to keep the trademark registration current.
Copyright is a legal right made available to the creators of artistic and technical works. Copyright includes a gamut of rights like the adaption of the piece,translation or reproduction of the piece.
Any creative piece of work like literature, dramas, music pieces, cinematographs and even software can be copyrighted.
A trademark protects the brand name of an enitity like its logo or tagline whereas copyright is intended to protect unique content as mentioned above.
A logo,picture, word, name, device, label, numerals,taglines can be registered as a trademark if it is graphically plottable and definite.
Trademark Registrations are done for a definite category of goods or services.These categories are termed as Class of trademark. These are standard categories and registration in one particular class gives protection to the goods for that class only. There are 45 classes that have been specified by the Department.
A trademark application can be rejected due to many reasons,including the following:
It usually takes 18 to 24 months for the Trademark Registry to complete their formalities and provide registration for the trademark. However,the Trademark application can be filed online and is done in a quick span of 3-4 days.
A ™ symbol is a reference to the fact that Trademark application has been filed for the particular brand whereas a ® symbol signifies that the trademark has been duly registered.
A trademark is an intellectual property owned by the owner.Hence, it can be sold, transferred, franchised. However, only registered trademarks enjoy these rights.
This is a very common question.Since Trademark is an Intellectual Property, hence it increases the net worth of the owner.If it is registered in the name of the company, the value of the company increases. However,if the Trademark is registered by the individual on his own name,then a licensing agreement would be required to be formulated between the owner and the company.
If the Trademark application is objected by the department, they would publish an examination report on their website.Usually 15 days time is given to the applicant to revert to this by way of an official intimation. After going through this reply,the Department takes the decision whether a hearing would be required for this. If they are satisfied with the reply, they would take the application forward.
No.Copyright only protects unique content,not ideas and concepts.
The following documents are generally required:
A patent is a right granted to the owner of an invention. It is a preventive right which restricts others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without his permission.
An ownership of patent bestows the owners with the following benefits,among others:
Any invention can be patented,like:
A patent is granted for 20 years at a time.
No.There is no patent which is valid globally.Separate patents would have to be applied for separate countries.
Following information and documents are required for filing an application:
A copyright registration is valid for 60 years.
No. Just like patent and trademark, a copyright is valid only in India.
Simply put- A copyright gives the owner protection over his creation and content; a patent gives the owner a protection over his invention and a trademark provides for protection of the brand of the owner.