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Trademark Registration - TM Application Online

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  • Trademark Search

    We conduct a thorough search of the TM directory

  • Authorisation Letter Drafting

    So we can file it on your behalf

  • Discussion on Class

    Advice on the classes you need to apply under

  • Final Application

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Trademark Registration Online in India - An Overview


A trademark can be defined as the unique identity that makes your product or service stand out from the rest. The unique identity or expression can be a logo, photograph, slogan, word, sound, smell, colour combination or graphics. Most of the businesses usually look for registration of logo or name only. If you have come up with a unique idea or logo, then the only way to protect it as your own unique identity is to patent it. A registered trademark is your business’s intellectual property or intangible asset. It acts as a protective cover of the company’s investment made in the logo or brand.

In India, trademarks are registered by the Controller General Of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Ministry Of Industry and Commerce, Government Of India. You can register the trademark under the act named, The Trademark Act, 1999. The registration provides the right to sue against others who try to copy your trademark. Also, no one else can use a similar trademark to the one registered by another person. Once you register a trademark, you can use an R symbol along with it, and it will be valid till 10 years from the date of registration. You can easily get a ™ within 3 days. But, to get an ®, it takes up to 2 years. In case the trademark registration is nearing expiry date, you can always get it re-registered for another ten years.

How to apply for a Trademark Registration in India?


What can you Trademark? Who can all apply for Trademark?

According to the trademark rules of India, items like sound, logo, words, phrases, colours, images, symbols, initials or a combination of all these can be trademarked. All of these should be made use to make your business stand out from the rest.

A trademark application can be done by private firms, individuals, companies, LLP’s, or NGO’s. In the case of NGOs, LLP’s or companies, the trademark has to be applied for registration in the name of the concerned business.

Why is Trademark Registration important in India?


A great business opportunity

A product or service being sold under a registered trademark helps in building up trust, reliability, quality, and goodwill in the minds of customers. It offers you a unique identity when compared to other sellers especially when you sell it on online platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, etc.

A legal protection

In case you doubt that your trademark is being copied by anyone else, you can take up the issue legally and sue them if you have registered your logo, brand name or slogan.

Get your unique identity

Customers will identify a particular product or service only with the brand. Registering a trademark ensures that competitors will not use it and hence it remains as a company’s unique asset.

An asset

The trademark can be a valuable asset in case your brand creates a name and succeeds. It can be commercially contracted, sold and franchised.

Global filing of trademark

A trademark which is registered and filed in India can also be filed in other countries outside India. Likewise, foreigners can also get a trademark registered in India.

How we help with Trademark Registration? A detailed Trademark application filing process


Trademark search

We help in your trademark search by conducting the search using trademark(™) director. We also conduct a detailed check on the trademark logo and brand name that you had selected to ensure that it is not yet registered under anybody else’s name. The trademark can be registered once it is found to be unique. In case your logo or brand name is already registered by someone else, we help you find ways to modify it so that your registration does not get cancelled.

Class selection

While applying for registration, you need to apply it under the right classification of classes. We help you choose the right class under which you need to register. The trademark offers you the right to sell under a particular brand name within a certain sector in the economy. In total, there are about 45 sectors and each sector is named as a class. Goods and services are classified into 45 different classes by the Trademark Registry. Every logo or brand name has to be registered under the appropriate class. For example, the Class 28 includes products and services related to games, sports and toys. Hence, if you are planning to launch a new toy brand, you will have to apply under the Class 28.

Preparing the application

After we ensure that your brand name or logo is unique and can be registered, we proceed with the application by preparing the authorization letter first. This gives us the right to make the trademark registration on your behalf. You can sign the letter and return it back to us. We further help you fill out the form and keep updating you about the proceedings until the registration process is complete.

Documents needed for Trademark Registration

An authorization letter that is duly signed by you allows us to file for trademark registration on behalf of you. After receiving the authorization letter, we start with the preparation of your documents, file the application online and also pay for it. Soon, you receive the confirmation of the application, and you will get the right to use the ™ symbol.

While filing for the trademark registration, the documents you need to provide are as follows:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Business type
  • Business objectives
  • Brand/logo/slogan name
  • Registration address

Identity and business proofs

The trademark owner or the person who is authorized by the trademark owner needs to submit their identity proof. It can be your Aadhar card, driving license, passport, ration card or voter’s id.

Using logo with tagline

If a trademark application is made for a tagline with only words there is no need of a logo. In cases where a logo is used, then it should be submitted in black and white format. The number of words in the logo should exactly be the same as mentioned in the application for a trademark.

Form 48

On behalf of you, an attorney is authorized to file for the trademark application with the Trademark registrar. The trademark user affidavit should be submitted in case a claim for the previous trademark was made in the application.

Important things know about the online Trademark Registration Process


Nowadays, with the advent of technological advancements, a trademark registration can be easily made online. You can get the help of a registered Trademark attorney to file online without taking an effort to visit the registry office.

The Vienna Codification Process

In the trademark process, Vienna codification is a crucial step. It is an international classification which is given once you fill the application form. At this point, your application for registration will be denoted as - “Sent for Vienna codification.”

The examination of trademark

After the trademark application is given for Vienna classification, the trademark will be examined by the Trademark officer in accordance with certain guidelines and procedures. The officer might accept or reject the application as per his/her discretion.

Hearing before Trademark registrar/officer

If the trademark application is rejected, the applicant can go for a for a hearing. If the officer can be convinced with the provided documents then the application will be passed. If the officer is not convinced, once again the application gets rejected. If he is not fully convinced about the reason for rejection, then theIntellectual Property Appellate Board can be contacted.

Trademark symbols and their usages


R Symbol

You get the R symbol as soon as you file the trademark application for registration. This symbol helps protect the trademark from getting copied by others.

™ symbol

This symbol is for unregistered trademarks. It warns others from copying your logo, name or symbol. It does not give you copyright protection, and others can use your logo or name in case your application gets rejected.

C Symbol

The C symbol stands for contents which do not have any copyright issues. The symbol is mandatory in many countries for copyright claims.

SM Symbol

The service industry uses this symbol. The symbol is applicable for classes from 35 to 45. It is also not guaranteed protection against copyright issues.

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Why Vakilsearch


  • We conduct a thorough search of the TM directory
  • We prepare the authorization letter, so we can file for trademark registration on your behalf.
  • We offer you with advice on the classes you need to apply under.
  • We assist you in filling up the forms with the Registrar
  • We constantly provide you with updates until the registration process is complete.

FAQs on Filing a Trademark


The Trademark Registry has classified goods and services under 45 classes. Your application must mention the trademark class/classes the goods/services represent. The trademark would be registered under those classes only.
If your trademark is similar to an existing application, would hurt religious sentiments, contains geographical names or common words. It would also be rejected if it is likely to cause confusion. So you can't register the word 'car' for a car brand, but may do so for a brand of electronics.
As soon as you file the application, you receive an acknowledgement, which gives you the right to use the ™ symbol. Once it's registered, you can use the ® symbol.
Before settling on a brand name, you need to check if it can acquire the legal rights necessary to hold on it. This is because the commercial rights to a brand name belong to the owner of its trademark. To find out if yours has already been taken, you can run a trademark search, which is basically a database search of India’s Intellectual Property Database. Now, running the search is easy. Begin by selecting the wordmark and typing in the word/s you want to register. The results will tell you whether there already is another registration in that name.

If there is one, check its status. If it is either approved, applied, objected or opposed, it makes sense to pick another name. Do also check for phonetic similarities with other registered names. To do this, you need to select the dropdown at the top of the page. While the phonetic search isn’t very accurate, you can say with certainty that your trademark will be approved if there aren’t any relevant matches here either.
If your brand name has already been registered, but under a different class, you're still in luck. Unless the brand is too well known (McDonald’s or Fiat, let’s say), your application is likely to be approved. If, on the other hand, a trademark has been registered by another brand after you began using it, you should take the matter seriously. Find out the origin of the goods and send the office a cease-and-desist letter. Although it does not apply exclusively to intellectual property, such a letter is usually sent in cases of infringement. If the party does not cease and desist from selling the goods with your trademark within the time mentioned in the letter, you may take them to court.
You can't get the word, but all is not lost. You could instead design a unique logo for your business and include the name in it. Take BMW as an example. The BMW is within the logo. A prefix would also be permissible. This is known as a logo composite mark. So there is a way out, but it is best to have a unique name.
It depends entirely on the government's judgement. But if it is unique, it is highly likely that it will be granted.
Many start-up founders register it in their own names, while large businesses would prefer to do so in the name of the company. This is because the future of a start-up is always in doubt. If owned by the founder, the trademark would be valid regardless of the state of the company. A trademark license agreement is, however, needed in this case.
Any expression of your brand that distinguishes it from all other brands can be trademarked. This, therefore, includes your brand name, logo or slogan. New brands need only bother themselves with these three types, though more successful brands, that have much more to protect, trademark much else. Levis, for example, has trademarked the position of its red label on all its jeans. Cadbury’s fought hard to maintain exclusive rights to use the colour purple on packaging for chocolate, but ultimately lost the dispute with Nestle. Young start-ups, however, tend only to trademark a word or logo or else register a logo composite mark (when text is included within the logo).
Trademarks and copyrights are both intellectual property, but serve different purposes. A copyright applies to literary and audio-visual (music, photographs, movies) works. So it’s an exclusive right granted to the creator or author of a book, script, software, music, photograph or movie. The owner has the right to stop the publication of any work that shares similarities with his/her work, unless it has been fairly used. Registration is not necessary. However, as copyright infringement has become commonplace in the Internet age, and you need a registration to take the matter to court, copyright registration has gained importance.

A patent is a right granted for a product or process to an individual or enterprise. This right grants its owner the ability to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the patented product or process without prior approval. In exchange for this right, the applicant must fully disclose the invention. A patent is valid for 20 years, after which it falls into the public domain.

Types of Intellectual Property


Trademark Copyright Patent Provisional Patent
Applies To
Words, logos, slogans Photographs, movies, music, software code Inventions & ideas Inventions & ideas
Applicants
Business owners Artists & creative professionals Inventors & designers Inventors & designers
Ownership Without Registration
Yes, but rights are limited Yes, but rights are limited No No
Validity
Indefinite, but to be renewed every 10 years Lifetime of the author, plus 60 years 20 years 1 year
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