A trade mark is used to differentiate goods and services of one supplier from those of another supplier. A trade mark allows you to stop others from using your mark or a similar mark on the same or similar goods or services as yours. This is usually easier if your trade mark is registered.
A trade mark is a recognisable sign, design or expression, which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others.
A trade mark is usually a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these. There are also non-conventional trade marks which do not fall into these standard categories, such as those based on colour, smell, or sound.
Property rights in relation to a trade mark may be established through use in the marketplace, and through registration with a national IP office.
The Trade Mark owner can be an individual, business, or any legal entity. A Trade Mark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher, or on the product itself.
The law considers a Trade Mark to be a form of property. Similar to other property rights, it may be sold, licensed, mortgaged, given away, or abandoned.
Trade marks can last forever.
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