Brand Name is other name of Trademark. Brand Name Registration in India governed by the Trade Marks Act, 1999 & Trade Marks Rules, 2002 (and amendments thereof). The Trademark Act & Trademark Rules seeks to provide for the registration of Brand Name relating to goods and services in India. The rights granted under the Act, are operative in the whole of India.
Brand Name registration is a very essential thing in the company’s brand building and to provide it a unique image. Every company owns exclusive rights for its Brand and it wants that no one should use that Brand so the trademark is needed for that purpose.
Under the Trademark Laws a letter, number, word, phrase, logo, graphic, shape, smell, sound or combination of these things are available for registration in India.
Registered Brand Names give companies instant recognition with buyers and represent an organization’s individuality. Brands for well-known companies can be identified at a glance and have tremendous marketing power. That’s why companies invest big bucks in finding top-notch designs. Simplicity is the key in today’s competitive Brand world.
After the Brand Name registration in India no other company or the person can use the Brand other than the owner. It is very essential to protect the Brand in this era of high competition. If your Brand Name is trademarked than you can entitle to get the statutory damages against any person who copy your mark in bad faith and the law imposes criminal liabilities against the wrong doer as well.
The best way to safeguard your Brand is to trademark it. Trademarks protect words, names, symbols, sounds and colours and distinguish one company’s goods and products from another. Trade marketing a Brand protects it from being used by other similar companies and also protects a company from unknowingly infringing upon an existing Brand – this is the best reason to make sure your trademark can be clearly identified.
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STEP 1: Brand Name Search:
A Brand Name search is the first step in the Brand Name registration procedure. A search is to be conducted in order to determine the uniqueness of the brand, and its similarity to other, pre-existing brands. It is very much advisable to conduct a Brand Name search before registering or using a Brand Name. Without a search, there are chances for being sued for Trademark infringement, the rejection of the Brand Name application, and a third-party challenging the Brand Name registration application.
STEP 2: Filing of Brand Name Registration Application:
The second step in the Brand Name registration procedure is filing of Brand Name registration application after getting the positive search report. After receiving of the acknowledgement the applicant can use the symbol TM alongwith the applied brand. If the application for the registration of Brand Name filed through efiling system of Brand Name registration than the acknowledgement of the application alongwith the government receipt generate immediately after the filing. If the application for the registration filed manually than the acknowledgement provided only after 15-20 days.
STEP 3: Examination of Brand Name Registration Application:
Third step in the Brand Name registration procedure is issuance of examination report by the Registration office. Upon receipt of Brand Name registration application, the Registrar issues an examination report after examining the application. Applications are examined to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the law and that they do not conflict with brands which are already registered, or which are the subjects of earlier pending applications.
STEP 4: Publication of Mark in Trademark Journal:
Fourth step in the Brand Name registration procedure is the publication of the brand in the Trademark journal. If the Registrar consider the mark as a distinctive brand or after the removal of the objections, if any, raised by the Registrar he may cause the application to be advertised in Trademark journal. If no opposition to the brand is filed within 90 days from the date of publication, or 120 days if request for extension of time is given to the opponent and opposition is refused, brand proceeds for the acceptance of Registration.
STEP 5: Trademark Registration:
Fifth step in the Brand Name registration procedure is the issuance of Trademark registration certificate. After the application for Registration of Brand Name is accepted by the Registrar, the Registrar shall issue to the applicant a Certificate of Registration under the seal of the Trademark Registry.Time Duration: If there is no objection and /or opposition raised, the process of Registration of Brand Name usually takes 15 to 18 months