What is Trademark Registration?
Trademark is any unique expression related to a product or service that distinguishes it from others. In most countries in the world, the use of a trademark will not give you any exclusive rights to that trademark nor any legal protection against unauthorized use of that mark by third parties. Only on the basis of a registration will you be able to take action against trademark infringement by third parties who use your product names, designs, logos, or packaging without your permission. And, if you do not register your trademark, you may even risk that at a later stage you will no longer be able to use that trademark because a third party has successfully registered it. Owners of trademarks have exclusive rights to their use under the categories they are registered in (there are a total of 120 categories, called classes). It also deters piracy and prevents similar company names from being registered by other businesses.
Worldwide Experts, World-class Service
We proudly operate in 120 countries in the world. Our worldwide capabilities make it possible for us to provide professional service to more markets, and help you register trademarks internationally. What's more, we have highly experienced trademark specialists in each country. This ensures that your consultant knows the ins and outs of your region, and can provide you with a seamless, stress-free experience. Global reach with local knowledge and international understanding.
Online Tracking of The Process
Our online customer account system contains a list of all trademarks each client has filed with us, along with the detailed information about each trademark (e.g. filing number, filing date, registration number). The system is also set up to send out important reminders, such as statements of use deadlines, renewal dates, and others.
Application Follow-up & Trademark Certificates
In the event that the trademark office requires additional information from the client, WIPC will notify the client within 1 months and process the response to trademark office for the client. For countries with an electronic trademark certificate, such as EU and Canada, the certificate will be sent to the client via email within 2 business days. For countries that only issues a paper certificate, WIPC will deliver the certificate within 10 business days by courier.
Why Choose WIPC?
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a trademark class?
The Trademark Registry has classified goods and services under 45 classes. Your application must mention the class/classes the goods/services represent. The trademark would be registered under those classes only.
2. What trademark applications are commonly rejected?
If your trademark is similar to an existing application, would hurt religious sentiments, contains geographical names or common words. It would also be rejected if it is likely to cause confusion. So you can't register the word 'car' for a car brand, but may do so for a brand of electronics.
3. When can I use the ™ symbol?
As soon as you file the application, you receive an acknowledgement, which gives you the right to use the ™ symbol. Once it's registered, you can use the ® symbol.
4. Do you guarantee approval of my trademark?
It depends entirely on the government's judgement. But if it is unique, it is highly likely that it will be granted.
5. Should I file the trademark in my own name?
Many start-up founders register it in their own names, while large businesses would prefer to do so in the name of the company. This is because the future of a start-up is always in doubt. If owned by the founder, the trademark would be valid regardless of the state of the company. A trademark license agreement is, however, needed in this case.
6. What is the difference between trademark, copyright and patent?
Trademarks and copyrights are both intellectual property, but serve different purposes. A copyright applies to literary and audio-visual (music, photographs, movies) works. So it’s an exclusive right granted to the creator or author of a book, script, software, music, photograph or movie. The owner has the right to stop the publication of any work that shares similarities with his/her work, unless it has been fairly used. Registration is not necessary. However, as copyright infringement has become commonplace in the Internet age, and you need a registration to take the matter to court, copyright registration has gained importance.
A patent is a right granted for a product or process to an individual or enterprise. This right grants its owner the ability to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the patented product or process without prior approval. In exchange for this right, the applicant must fully disclose the invention. A patent is valid for 20 years, after which it falls into the public domain.
If the customer has any questions regarding WIPC's service, please contact our customer service line or your assigned consultant. If the customer believes the problem is still not resolved, he/she can contact the customer service supervisor directly by telephone +1 646-934-6266, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We ensure that all customer complaints will be resolved to customer's satisfaction.