A visual sign or word representing a brand can be termed a trademark. It can be just a name, a word, a label or even a number that is chosen by a company to represent a particular product or service it is offering. A trademark is used to differentiate the company’s products or services from another company’s products or services. This is particularly important when the products and services offered by two or more companies are the same or are of similar nature. Once a trademark is registered through Mibook, it becomes the intellectual property of the business which the business must protect under the laws.
Business owners need to fill up an online application form to initiate the trademark registration process through Mibook. It is also important to ensure that the trademark name, logo or symbol that has been applied for is available for registration and not being used by another company or brand. There are several advisors in Mibook who can provide you with guidance on how to register for a Trademark in India.
Once the trademark is finalized an appropriate category needs to be selected for it. There are various categories of trademarks and they should be classified under the correct category. After the application is filed, the applicant will get a unique TM number and after that trademark is registered provided there is no objection raised by competitor brands or companies. The brand can then use ® as a suffix to its name. A registered trademark is valid for ten years, after which it can be renewed for another ten years for a nominal fee.
A name, number, word, and even sounds and images can be trademarked. Names can contain the first or second name of the person applying or the family name involved in the business. Words or phrases which are not indicative of the product or the service being offered can be proposed for trademark registration in Bangalore through Mibook. The trademark can also partly or wholly contain numbers, shapes, alphabets, symbols and sounds. It is recommended that you consult experts of Mibook if you wish to apply for a name, symbol or logo for trademark registration in Bangalore or any other major cities in India
1. Trademark Search
2. Authorization Letter Drafting (POA)
3. Suggestion on TM class
4. Final Application
5. Regular Updates
Mibook helps to protect your brand name via trademark registration. Registering a trademark provides the business with sufficient protection for its brand and its offerings. Business owners have the right to sue other businesses or brands if they feel that the rights of their trademark have been compromised. This is not possible if the trademark is not registered.
Trademark registration in Bangalore with the help of Mibook allows business owners to gain a strong ground in the industry. It proves that the business has carefully invested its time to endow a legal status to its brand and that the products maintain quality standards. A registered trademark also renders the brand an identity that is easily recognizable and unique. This gives the products a better customer recall and presence in the market.
A company can treat its registered trademark as an asset. Just like any other asset the business owners can sell, franchise, or create a commercial contract for the trademark.
Companies can use the trademark filing in India to register a trademark abroad. Likewise, people or businesses from other countries can also apply for trademark registration in India.
1. Create Brand Awareness
2. Avoid Duplication
3. Protect Goodwill
4. Build Your Brand Image
5. Acquire Legal Ownership of Business Brands
6. Develop Intellectual Properties as Assets
7. No one can make a copy of your trademark; if someone copy then you can take legal action against them and ask for damages
8. TM and R is the Prestige of your Brand and your Company
9. Flexible Capital Structure
A business owner or company can apply for trademark registration in Bangalore. The business owner can be an individual, company, proprietor or society. It is advised by the experts of Mibook to file for the registration of a trademark. This is because in case the business’s social pattern changes or it gets dissolved, the trademark comes to an end but it continues to be valid even when the individual is not a part of the business.
Proof of Applicant:
1. PAN Card and Address Proof of Applicant.
2. Certificate of registration (other than an Individual applicant)
Brand Name & Logo: The logo must contain the Brand Name applied to register a Trademark
User Affidavit: If specific user data is to be claimed, the user affidavit is also required to be submitted
Proof of TM Use: To claim specific user date, documentary proof such as invoices, registration certificates, etc. with the brand name should also be provided
MSME / Start-up Recognition: Partnership firms, body corporates (other than an individual) can provide a certificate of registration under MSME or Start-up India scheme to avail 50% rebate on the Government fee
Signed Form TM - 48: TM-48 is a legal document that allows the attorney to file the trademark on your behalf with the trademark registry. The document will be prepared by LW professionals for the signature
The first step is to search for the availability of the trademark that the applicant wishes to apply for. The proposed trademark must not be already in use by other brands or similar to an existing one. If the trademark is similar or has a direct resemblance to any competitor’s brand, there are chances that an objection will be raised and the application might be rejected by the Government. A logo or a symbol in a trademark must be submitted in black and white.
Once the name, logo, symbol etc for the trademark is finalized, the applicant has to fill up the necessary application forms and sign the authorization letter for the lawyers to pursue the trademark registration process. It is to be noted that the application for trademark registration can only be done by certified lawyers. Applicants need to fill out Form-48 which grants the right to the lawyer to file the registration. Mibook consultants help you to apply for trademark registration in Bangalore and other cities in India.
On receiving the authorization form and verification of details, a TM number is provided to the business. The brand can immediately start using TM with its name. Using the TM symbol will signify that the brand has applied for trademark registration in Bangalore and hence the name, words or symbols in use are the brand’s intellectual asset waiting for registration. Once the application is submitted, it goes for verification to the concerned department of the Government. The Government also has the right to raise a complaint in case it finds that the proposed trademark is offensive, religious or has definite similarities with other trademarks in the industry.
In case the authorities are fine with the contents of the trademark a notification is given in the Trademark Journal. The notification is kept for around four months and if no external parties file an objection the trademark is approved and registered within the next six months. If there is an objection raised by any party there will be a hearing before the registrar and any fees arising from the legal process need to be borne by the applicant. After the trademark registration in Bangalore, the brand can use the registered symbol after its name.
The main documents needed by Mibook to apply for trademark registration in Bangalore are identity and address proofs and company incorporation documents if the application is done on behalf of a partnership or Pvt Ltd company, etc.
Authorization Letter Drafting (POA)
Suggestion on TM class
1. Discussion and collection of basic Information
2. Providing Required Documents
3. Select appropriate Class
4. Trademark Search & Availability Check
1. Drafting of Documents by Professionals
2. Franking on Power of Attorney
1. Filing of online TM application
2. Sharing the field application & receipt
1. You can now legally start using ™ beside your logo or brand