A trademark can be any word (PEPSI), name (TATA), symbol or device
(Microsoft), slogan (Yeh Pyas Hai Badi & Thanda Matlab Coca Cola),
package design (Coca-Cola bottle) or combination of these that serves
to identify and distinguishes a specific product from others in the market
place or in trade. Even a sound (Britania chimes) color combination, smell or
hologram can be a trademark under some circumstances. The term trademark is
often used interchangeably to identify a trademark or service mark.
A trademark is a sign capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one
enterprise from those of other enterprises.
Trademarks are words, names, symbols, or devices used by manufacturers of goods
to identify their goods, and to distinguish their goods from goods manufactured
and sold by others. A person who sells his goods under a particulate trademark
acquires a sort of limited exclusive right to use the mark in relation those
goods. Trademark law protects this right of the owner of a mark to use marks
that distinguish his goods from others and to prevent others from using marks
that are likely to cause confusion. Trademark law protects the goodwill of a
business and also protects the consumers' ability to accurately ascertain the
source of goods and services.
A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination,
used, or intended to be used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods
of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to
indicate the source of the goods. In short, a trademark is a brand name.
The following type of marks can be registered as Trademark.
- Word marks including letters, numbers or combination of letters,
numbers and words;
- Figurative marks, whether or not including words;
- Figurative marks in colour;
- Colours or combinations of colours;
- Three-dimensional marks;
- Sound marks;
The application must contain a graphic representation of the mark.