- My brand name is being used by someone else.
- I have received an email from XYZ that I can no longer use my brand name as it belongs to them in the first place.
- I have received a Notice from XYZ that I should stop using my Brand Name as it is causing a confusion with customers of the XYZ
If you are a startup and you are facing above mentioned challenges, you are required to look into your Trademark Strategy. Many startups fail to appreciate a “Trademark Strategy” early in the business lifecycle and end up loosing rights over the goodwill that they have created with their brand name. There are many others who do not understand the Legal logic of strong and weak trademarks and end up coining a name that decribe their business itself.
As a Start-up recognized by DPIIT, you are entitled for free of cost Professional support by DPIIT for registration of your Trademarks.
We are one of the leading Trademark facilitators appointed by DPIIT to support Start-ups in Trademark registration proceedings wherein the Start-up is entitled to avail 50% discount on Government fees and need not pay any professional fee to the Trademark facilitator (us). Please note that the scheme offers discount on Government fee applicable at the time of filing of the Trademarks as well as free of cost professional support by way of facilitators like us, the scheme is not a reimbursement scheme of expenses that you may incur and may have already incurred. For assisting every new Startup, DPIIT pays us a Professional fee of Rs. 2000 after filing and another Rs. 2000 after registration of the Trademark.
We have so far filed more than 1100 Trademarks for 250+ DPIIT Recognized Start-ups from across India
- Fee Payable for registering One Trademark in One Class: Government Fees – 4500 INR per mark per class (inclusive of 50% discount, actual fee is Rs. 9000) and Rs. 550 towards Stamp duty on the Power of Attorney.
- DPIIT Pays us our Professional fee of Rs. 2000, for Filing Trademarks on your behalf.
Now that you’ve already filled up the Trademark Filing request form, we would like you to watch the following instructional video that will assist you to get the best out of the Trademark registration process. The video explains the procedure to fill up the form, and answers frequently asked questions. It also helps you in finding appropriate classes for your trademarks.
Further Reference links:
TM classification search: click here;
The steps for filing Trademark with us are explained in the image provided below.
Entire Trademark registration is an online process with well defined stages like Formalities Check, Examination, Publication, Hearing (for some cases) and Registration. Indeed the registration certificate is also a PDF and no paper copy certificates are issued anymore. As part of the facilitation under the scheme, we shall take care of the objections if any raised by the Trademark Registry and attend the hearings that are required to be attended. In some cases if hearing can be attended over video-conference, we will not charge any professional fee from startups, however in other cases where there isn’t any option for attending hearings over video-conference we charge a nominal fee to cover our expense towards travel and time. Please note that the scheme does not cover the cost of opposition proceedings that you wish to file on other party’s trademarks or oppositions that may be filed against your trademarks.
If you have any other queries, kindly contact us on email@example.com
*DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) has now changed to DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade).
List of Startups that we have already facilitated:
|1||NIVRITI SOLUTIONS GLOBAL PVT. LTD.||ANDHRA PRADESH||124||NEXUS LEARNING PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|2||PRAKRIYA ENTERPRISES PVT LTD||ANDHRA PRADESH||125||OUTRIGHT DELIGHT SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|3||8TH SENSE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||ANDHRA PRADESH||126||PENTATION ANALYTICS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|4||CYBERCINATICS PRIVATE LIMITED||ANDHRA PRADESH||127||PERIWINKLE TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.||MAHARASHTRA|
|5||QUANT SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||ASSAM||128||PHYNART TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|6||GEIOSIS EARTHING PRIVATE LIMITED||ASSAM||129||POD CONCEPTIONS SERVICES PVT.LTD.||MAHARASHTRA|
|7||AGN DIGITAL SERVICES PVT. LTD.||BIHAR||130||POLYGOMMA INDUSTRIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|8||AURIGA INNOVATIVE LABS PVT. LTD||CHATTISGARH||131||AIRPIX GEOANALYTICS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|9||ADYA IT CONSULTING PVT. LTD.||DELHI||132||PRAYOGIK TECHNOLOGIES LLP||MAHARASHTRA|
|10||LUCIDEUS TECH PVT. LTD.||DELHI||133||AKXA TECH PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|11||MYCLOUDBAZAAR MARKETPLACE PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||134||REPOS ENERGY INDIA PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|12||NAVADVIPA NATURALS AGRO PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||135||SAI-SUSTAINABLE AGRO & RURAL DEVELOPMENT PRODUCTS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|13||OYESHOP RETAIL PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||136||SARAL IDEAS-BADA IMPACT LLP||MAHARASHTRA|
|14||PRAVAM CONSULTING INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||137||SECTONA TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|15||PRAXIAN GLOBAL PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||138||SHREEYANSH DB SOFTWARE PRIVATE LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|16||QUARKME ONLINE SERVICES LLP||DELHI||139||SQUAREONE INSIGHTS PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|17||RUSTICITY SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||140||STERILE WORLD TECHNOLOGIES LLP||MAHARASHTRA|
|18||SAFEVIEW MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||141||SUCHET AGRO LLP||MAHARASHTRA|
|19||SHIPSKART MARINE PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||142||1HEALTH INTEGRATED SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|20||SUNNY CORPORATION PVT. LTD.||DELHI||143||APPYHAPPY SOFTWARE PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|21||SUNSPLASH ENTERTAINMENT PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||144||SYNTHERA BIOMEDICAL PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|22||SURGITECH HEALTHCARE PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||145||TCW TEA PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|23||TATTVA JOURNEYS LLP||DELHI||146||ARCHDAIS NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|24||THIRD CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||147||THE ZERO BRAND ZONE PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|25||TROIKA TRANSSOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||148||TIGER TECH SMART LIVING PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|26||UFONE HEALTHCARE PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||149||TRANS IQ TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|27||UPSTABLISH FOOD TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||150||UFONY SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|28||USEKIWI INFOLABS PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||151||VIKREED SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|29||YEXPLORE PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||152||VISIONIKS SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|30||BOXOUT.FM PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||153||VPHRASE ANALYTICS SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|31||CAPRICORN IDENTITY SERVICES PVT. LTD||DELHI||154||ASTONISHING CONSULTANCY SERVICES PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|32||CITY EXPLORERS PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||155||WOLF REGALOS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|33||DIGITAL AGENTS INTERACTIVE PVT LTD||DELHI||156||ATOMBERG TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.||MAHARASHTRA|
|34||DTWELVE SPACES PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||157||BASIKSENSE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|35||EARTHSOURCE SUSTAINABLES PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||158||BOSTINA SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|36||ECOMAXGO LLP||DELHI||159||BRONTOO TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|37||FUTURE REMITTANCE SERVICES CORPORATION PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||160||CK ENTERPRISES AND AGRO EQUIPMENTS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|38||GREY SWIFT PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||161||COBODH CONTENT LLP||MAHARASHTRA|
|39||HAIDEN TECHNOLOGY PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||162||COGO FREIGHT PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|40||INDIQUS TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||163||COLLECTIVE LIMITLESS AMBITIOUS SMART SOLUTIONS (OPC) PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|41||INNOFLAPS REMEDY PRIVATE LIMITED||DELHI||164||COMFORT PRODUCTS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|42||INTELLOVATE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||GUJARAT||165||COOLBERG BEVERAGES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|43||ROYAL GABAT FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LLP||GUJARAT||166||COSMO BUSINESS NETWORKING LLP||MAHARASHTRA|
|44||SAVY ELECTRIC VEHICLES PRIVATE LIMITED||GUJARAT||167||DESTACAR BRANDVISIBLE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|45||SHILPMIS TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.||GUJARAT||168||DOXBAY DATACORP PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|46||TUCANA LIGHTS PVT. LTD.||GUJARAT||169||ACAIRA TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|47||DISTRESS BRICKS PRIVATE LIMITED||GUJARAT||170||EFFICIENERGI CONSULTING PVT. LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|48||FLYCATCHER TECHNOLOGIES LLP||GUJARAT||171||ENERGIA WELLBEING PVT. LTD||MAHARASHTRA|
|49||JOCOSE ENTERPRISES PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||172||EXOCAN HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|50||MAM INDIASHOPPS SOULTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||173||ACCOPS SYSTEMS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|51||NUTRITATVA FOODS PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||174||EZ LIFE RETAIL PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|52||SKILL CUBE PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||175||FACLON LABS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|53||SKOOL STORES PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||176||H2H GLOBAL MEDIA TECH PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|54||VIDHI TECHINNOVATION OPPORTUNITIES NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||177||IBG FINCON SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|55||ZYMBIA INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||178||IEYZE CORPORATION PVT. LTD.||MAHARASHTRA|
|56||AVICONN SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||179||IKRAAN TECHNOLOGY PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|57||INCREDO FASHION PRIVATE LIMITED||HARYANA||180||INCEPTOR TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA|
|58||TRUEVET ANIMAL NUTRITION PRIVATE LIMITED||JAMMU AND KASHMIR||181||MEDIOCTOR SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||ORISSA|
|59||10COSINE TECH SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||182||PHOENIX ROBOTIX PVT LTD||ORISSA|
|60||INTESSENCE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||183||PRANTAE SOLUTIONS (OPC) PVT. LTD||ORISSA|
|61||IVTREE IT SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||184||SWARGADWARA SERVICES PVT LTD||ORISSA|
|62||MAGVEH ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEMS PVT LTD||KARNATAKA||185||CZERO ELECTROMOTIVES AND ECOSYSTEMS PRIVATE LIMITED||ORISSA|
|63||MPLIFIRE ONLINE SALES AND SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||186||PULSEBAY PRIVATE LIMITED||PUDUCHERRY|
|64||NAKA FOODS PVT. LTD||KARNATAKA||187||BALARADJOU TECH LLP||PUDUCHERRY|
|65||NEXTSCM SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||188||AGRONXT SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||PUNJAB|
|66||NIRAMAI HEALTH ANALYTIX PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||189||OSMOTIV LABS PRIVATE LIMITED||PUNJAB|
|67||OON GLOBALCOM PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||190||SAINT SITA RAM INNOVATION PVT. LTD.||PUNJAB|
|68||OZAP CREATIVE LABS LLP||KARNATAKA||191||WHITESPACE ORGANIC SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||PUNJAB|
|69||PARAM PEOPLE INFOTECH SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||192||NEWNDRA INNOVATION PVT. LTD.||RAJASTHAN|
|70||PARKINGRHINO ONLINE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||193||ROAD2TRAVEL LLP||RAJASTHAN|
|71||PATHFRONT CONSULTING SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||194||TAPRI RETAIL LLP||RAJASTHAN|
|72||PREDIBLE HEALTH PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||195||TELLMATE HELPER PRIVATE LIMITED||RAJASTHAN|
|73||RENAURA WELLNESS PVT LTD||KARNATAKA||196||ENERSOL BIOPOWER PRIVATE LIMITED||RAJASTHAN|
|74||RISING TIGER SOFTWARES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||197||HTTPCART TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||RAJASTHAN|
|75||RISKILLA SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||198||UNTAPPED TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||SIKKIM|
|76||SAAHAS WASTE MANAGEMENT PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||199||JURU YOGA PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|77||SAMPLYTICS TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD||KARNATAKA||200||M/S. PURIUS NANOSYSTEMS PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|78||ANB FUELS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||201||SALIEABS ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS LLP||TAMIL NADU|
|79||SHUHARI TECH VENTURES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||202||SPIEZ WEB SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|80||TARDID TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD||KARNATAKA||203||SUNHAARV ENERGY PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|81||TONSE TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||204||TORBIT TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|82||TRASHCON LABS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||205||YAATHUM BIOTECH PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|83||TURTLE SHELL TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||206||EDSIX BRAIN LAB PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|84||UNITARY TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||207||EVERGREEN ECO FARMS PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|85||VIRIDESCENT ENERGY TRANSFORMATION PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||208||FABHEADS AUTOMATION PVT. LTD.||TAMIL NADU|
|86||Y-COOK INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||209||FIB-SOL LIFE TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.||TAMIL NADU|
|87||ZENMETER SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||210||GANNET ENGINEERING PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|88||ZEROSTLE LABS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||211||GREENSHIP RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|89||BELLATRIX AEROSPACE PVT LTD||KARNATAKA||212||HILIP TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||TAMIL NADU|
|90||BESTEK IT SYSTEMS LLP||KARNATAKA||213||LOOP REALITY PRIVATE LIMITED||TELANGANA|
|91||BRINGJAL INNOVATIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||214||AIR OK TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.||TELANGANA|
|92||AATIN CIVIL & ENERGY PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||215||PRATOE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PVT LTD||TELANGANA|
|93||CONFIRM TICKET ONLINE SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||216||URAVU MANUFACTURERS PVT. LTD.||TELANGANA|
|94||CONNECT INDIA E-COMMCERCE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||217||AUTONOMOUS LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||TELANGANA|
|95||ABEE RESEARCH LABS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||218||EUNIMART MULTICHANNEL PRIVATE LIMITED||TELANGANA|
|96||ETHEREAL MACHINES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||219||GEARMONKEY AUTOMOBILE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||TELANGANA|
|97||FARMOUS FOODS PVT LTD||KARNATAKA||220||KG VARDAN SERVICES LLP||UTTAR PRADESH|
|98||HISY ADVERTISING SOLUTIONS OVT LTD||KARNATAKA||221||LUMINOSITY SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|99||IACCEPT SOFTWARES PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||222||AGILE PARKING SOLUTIONS PVT. LTD.||UTTAR PRADESH|
|100||INNOV4SIGHT HEALTH AND BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS PRIVATE LIMITED||KARNATAKA||223||MITTAL HEALTHCARE PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|101||TQUAD PARTNERSHIP FIRM||KERALA||224||MUDGAL ENGINEERS PVT. LTD||UTTAR PRADESH|
|102||WAYLINE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS PRIVATE LIMITED||KERALA||225||NANDINANDAN BREEDS & SEEDS INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|103||AVANT GARDE INNOVATIONS||KERALA||226||NESBA HEALTHCARE PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|104||ENFOLD SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||KERALA||227||PROVADO HEALTHCARE PVT LTD||UTTAR PRADESH|
|105||VAAYU HOME APPLIANCES (INDIA)PVT. LTD||MADHYA PRADHESH||228||RENTAL STAY PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|106||ADOROI TECH VENTURES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||229||ALKCE FASHION PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|107||INTANGLES LAB PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA||230||SURAJYA SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|108||IPREDICTT DATA LABS||MAHARASHTRA||231||ARGILDX CONSULTING PVT LTD||UTTAR PRADESH|
|109||ISEBY SOLUTIONS LLP||MAHARASHTRA||232||VISHVAM PROJECTS AND SERVICES PRIVATE LIMTED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|110||JNS VET VISION INDIA PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA||233||DARIED TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|111||JOAPA DIGITAL SECUTECH PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||234||FEDELTA PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|112||KARZA TECHNOLOGIES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||235||ADAMYA HERBAL CARE PRIVATE LIMITED||UTTAR PRADESH|
|113||KOUSTUBH NAIK||MAHARASHTRA||236||GINGERMIND TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD||UTTAR PRADESH|
|114||KYROS CORPORATE SERVICE PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||237||ADDVERB TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD||UTTAR PRADESH|
|115||LEARNING POTATO EDUCATION PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||238||IG INSTRUMENT LLP||UTTAR PRADESH|
|116||LIFETRONS SOFTWARE PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||239||RAJAS AEROSPORTS AND ADVENTURES PVT LTD||UTTARAKHAND|
|117||LINKCARDS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS||MAHARASHTRA||240||SUNFOX TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD||UTTARAKHAND|
|118||MAGDU ECOMMERCE PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||241||TRUCKHALL PRIVATE LIMITED||WEST BENGAL|
|119||MAYASHANTI NATURALS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||242||AROGYAM MEDISOFT SOLUTION PVT LTD||WEST BENGAL|
|120||MAYBRIGHT VENTURES PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||243||VEGAN FASHION PRIVATE LIMITED||WEST BENGAL|
|121||MEDPRIME TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.||MAHARASHTRA||244||WHITE STALLION CONSULTANTS LLP||WEST BENGAL|
|122||MY OFFICIAL CALLS SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED||MAHARASHTRA||245||EBIW SMARTTECH PRIVATE LIMITED||WEST BENGAL|
|123||NAYAM INNOVATIONS PVT LTD||MAHARASHTRA||246||ECOPONIC AGRI TECH LLP||WEST BENGAL|
|247||HAPPYPATH UNISTORE PRIVATE LIMITED||WEST BENGAL|
Dos and Don’t for trademark registration In INDIA
Launching a business means introducing oneself to lots of legal formalities. Many start-ups believe that the they have registered the company as per the laws under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and no other business will be allowed to use a similar name. It is true to an extent that no other business will not be allowed to be registered with a similar name as per the Companies Act, 2013. However, the name of the business can still be used by others if trademark registration is not obtained. So, of all the legal formalities, the most important though not mandatory is to secure your Trademark.
What is Trademark
Section 2(zb) of The Trademarks Act, 1999 defines “trade mark” as ‘a mark capable of being represented graphically and which is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one person from those of others’.
The Act has further defined ‘mark’ under Section 2(m) as “mark” includes a device, brand, heading, label, ticket, name, signature, word, letter, numeral, shape of goods, packaging or combination of colours or any combination thereof
Thus, in layman’s language trademark is a ‘brand name’. Brand is usually seen in the form of the company name (e.g. Hyundai/TATA), product name (e.g. Santro, Creta for Hyundai Cars, Safari for TATA cars etc), Logo (H for Honda and Hyundai in a different format and TATA). So whatever business you plan to start and/or the product you intent to sell and/or the services you intent to provide, you will do it under certain name and that name is every critical for identifying your business. This name makes your brand. Adopting the name seems to be easy. But this is actually not so, if there is any legal ramifications. As once you invest time , money and energy in creating the brand, the last thing that you want is that there is already a company existing under the same brand and has sent you a cease and desist letter to stop using that brand. This costly mistake can be avoided by taking proactive steps on the front end to ensure that you have all the rights to use the brand and it solely belongs to you. This can be done by ensuring the following DO’s AND DON’T: –
Criteria for Selection of a Trademark
- Do not use descriptive words as trademark
Second common mistake mostly observed by a Start-ups in selecting a trademark is the selection of their brand name. They usually select a word that is descriptive of their goods or services. People select ‘SUGARLESS’ for providing substitute for sugar. People do this in the belief that the consumer will know straight away what the product is or the service rendered. No doubt, that it may be easier to market such products at inception but in a long run such trademarks are offered to it would be difficult to stop your competitors from using the same or similar trademarks. Descriptive trademarks are difficult to register and enforce.
So, we would suggest is to coin the trademark and make a word that has no direct reference to its goods. It is the fanciful and/or coined trademarks, that are afforded the broadest scope of protection against third-party use of the mark.
- Do not use laudatory words:
Laudatory words are adjectives such as GOOD or BEST are not registerable for any goods or services since all traders should be equally free to use them in the course of advertising their products.
- Do not use Generic Terms
A generic term is a word or phrase that has become the common term associated with a particular goods and/or service to which it relates. Generic terms are not registrable. An example of a generic term is Xerox, escalator, SOCIAL NETWORK, SMARTPHONE.
- Do not use the name of any geographic location
Do not use name of any geographic location or places. E.g. Chambal’ is the name of river which flows through the ‘Chambar ravines and as such it is a geographical name to which one cannot claim exclusive right.
- Following are Non-Registrable Marks
- Marks that mislead or tends to cause confusion to the public.
- Marks consist of subject matter that hurt the religious senses of any class or sections of the Indian citizens.
- Marks that contain improper or vulgar subject matter.
- Marks that are banned under the Emblems and Names of Prevention of Improper Use Act, 1950.
- Marks of the goods whose shapes are directly obtained from the nature of the goods.
- Marks of the goods whose shapes are important to acquire a technical result.
- Marks that are similar in identity to another good or product.
Post selection requisites
- Conducting trademark searches
A trademark public search is available in the Indian Trademark Registry online database. The search determines whether a proposed trademark is available for use in relation with certain goods or services. In the trademark search India, similar word marks as well as phonetically similar names and all other possible combination of words, that results in the same or similar sound in a specific class can be comprehensively searched. Choose another brand name, if after conducting the search, you find that there exists a similar sounding word already on record, try to choose another brand name.
- Selecting proper description of goods/services
The most common mistake people make while filing for trademark application, is writing a wrong good/service description. There are 45 classes provided by Indian Trademarks Law. The classes are divided as per the goods and services. The first 35 classes are goods and the last 10 classes are the services. India follows the 9th edition of the NICE international classification system. Identify your goods and services and always check the exact language that is given under nice classification, select the words and description accordingly.
- First Use of Mark
Claiming the correct date of first use is very important. The marks which are not is use and are filed on proposed to be used basis or the mark is in use since an earlier date, or whose use is restricted to certain items in the specification of goods or services, the claim for use should be appropriately made. An invoice showing the use of goods/services by way of sales and/or promotional expenses should be maintained and produced when required.
- Apply for the trademark:
Though filing trademark may not be mandatory, it is advisable to get your trademark registered as early as possible to provide the desired protection. Unregistered trademarks do not have the right to file cases of infringement. Therefore, to avoid any infringement action, it is recommended to register at the earliest.
POST REGISTRATION PREREQUISITES:-
- Don’t stop using the mark.
If you stop using the mark for continuous period of 5 years, then any aggrieved person may file a petition for the rectification of registration for the removal of the registered mark from the trade register.
- Ensure proper renewal
The registered trademarks remain valid for a period of 10 years which is calculated from the date of filing of the application and in case of convention application, from the date of priority. Hence the proper renewal process for the trademark should be followed and the trademark should be renewed from time to time. As non- renewal of trademark may lead to abandonment of your trademark. If the trademark is abandoned, there is no other option but to make new application for trademark.
- Use proper symbol
Most importantly, don’t Use the ® symbol until your trade mark has been registered. Use the TM symbol instead.
- Monitor the trademark
Last but not the least, after your trademark is registered, trade mark owners need to be vigilant to ensure that their trade marks are not being used (-or abused) by third parties. It is very important to keep monitoring the others trademark in the market and checking the Trademarks Journal as it will notify you of any other mark applications, you may wish to oppose.