The Trade Marks Registry was established in India in 1940 and presently it administers the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the rules thereunder. It acts as a resource and information centre and is a facilitator in matters relating to trade marks in the country.
The objective of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 is to register trade marks applied for in the country and to provide for better protection of trade mark for goods and services and also to prevent fraudulent use of the mark.
The main function of the Registry is to register trade marks which qualifies for registration under the Act and Rules.
A trademark is anything that indicates source, sponsorship, affiliation or other business relationship of the goods or services. Start with the notion that an indicator must be perceived through one of the five senses. Some senses lend themselves to interaction with trademarks better than others, all are capable of doing so.
Advise on the registrability of Trademarks.
Advise on the registrability of logos.
Conduct searches to observe opposing logos and applications.
File and Prosecute Trademark applications.
File and Prosecute shibboleth Registration applications.
File Trade Names publication requests.
Investigate the standing of registrations and therefore the scope of protection.
Investigate Trademark infringements.
Analyze and advise on Trademark infringement.