I have registered my business/ company name, doesn’t that mean I own the trade mark?

NO.  Business or company name registration doesn’t not provide you with the proprietary rights over the name – only a trade mark registration affords you that right.  Your trading name registration will not prevent others from registering your trade marks – you must file for trade mark registration to prevent that from occurring.  If you do not file for registration of your trade mark, it is possible that another party will obtain registration of your brand or something similar, and should this occur you will have a legal battle over ownership which could have been avoided if you had filed your application for registration first.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013

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