A trademark is a distinctive sign or indicator used by an individual or business organization to identify that the products or services to consumers with which the trademark appears originate from a unique source and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities. Registering a trademark gives the owner rights to the use of the sign.

Benefits of trademark registration

A trademark adds great value to a business. By filing for trademark registration, the trademark owner obtains certain rights, including:.

  • ownership of a certain trademark and
  • the right to prevent others from using a similar mark without permission.

The owner of the registered trademark can exploit his/her mark in many ways, including:

  • Use it to better protect their market share (i.e. profits) by barring others from copying it;
  • license it to third parties for commercial returns (e.g. through a franchise);
  • Sell the mark outright for a specified value (e.g. in a company acquisition); and
  • May use the mark to raise equity for business undertakings.

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