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TRADEMARK,COPYRIGHT AND PATENT REGISTRATION GUIDE WHAT IS A TRADEMARK? A trademark is a letter, word, name, signature, numeral, device, brand, heading, label, ticket, shape, color, aspect of packaging or a combination of these, which is used in the course of a business or trade to distinguish a person’s goods or services from those of others. IDENTIFYING TRADEMARKS TM Commonly-usedsymbolstoidentifyatrademarkare ® and .Thetwosymbolshavedifferentindications. • ® refers to a registered and therefore protected trademark pursuant to trademark laws. TM • is merely a symbol used to identify that the mark is being used as a trademark by the owner. It however does not denote that the mark is registered and protected under trademark laws. BENEFITS OF A TRADEMARK HOW TO REGISTER A REGISTRATION TRADEMARK Although it is not compulsory to register a Atrademarkmustbedistinctiveanddistinguishes trademark for your goods and services, a the goods or services of the owner from similar trademark gives you, the owner, the rights that goods or services from other traders. enable you to A trademark application is generally rejected if 1. control the use of the sign and the mark does not have a distinctive character, 2. add value to the goods or services i.e. descriptive marks, which describe a quality, provided. quantity,value,intendedpurposeorgeographical origin, or marks that are common to the trade, If a mark is not registered, the owner/user can contrary to public policy or morality, deceptive, only rely on the common law protection against identical or similar to an already registered mark imitation and infringement. or well-known marks. However, 1) the proof of the use of the mark oveThe process of a trademark registration includes: a substantial period of time and 2) goodwill or reputation of the owner resulting from the mark may be difficult. • Submission of trademark application • Examination of formalities A trademark grants the owner of the mark • Trademark search statutory monopoly and priority claims beyond • Examination of trademark • Publication Singapore. • Opposition proceedings The owner of the trademark may benefit in • Registration various ways: • Barring others from copying it and benefiting from its market value • Quality assurance for your customers • Branding through mark recognition • License for commercial use to third parties Last Updated on 10 February 2012 Copyright © 2012 Rikvin Pte Ltd Helpful Links: Company Registration Immigration Accounting Taxation Services Offshore Incorporation RIKVIN PTE LTD 20 Cecil Street, #14-01, Equity Plaza, Singapore 049705 Main Line : (+65) 6438 8887 Fax : (+65) 6438 2436 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Website : www.rikvin.com Reg No 200100602K EA License No 11C3030 This material has been prepared by Rikvin for the exclusive use of the party to whom Rikvin delivers this material. This material is for informational purposes only and has no regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any specific recipient. Where the source of information is obtained from third parties, Rikvin is not responsible for, and does not accept any liability over the content. Copyright © 2012 Rikvin Pte Ltd
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