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Trade mark definition

What does Trade mark mean?

A trade mark is a form of intellectual property right. It is a sign used to distinguish the goods and services of one undertaking from those of another. It enables consumers to identify goods or services as originating from a particular company or relating to a certain product or service.

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Section 1 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 defines 'trade mark' as any sign capable of being represented graphically which is capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings.
A trade mark may, in particular, consist of words (including personal names), designs, letters, numerals or the shape of goods or their packaging. References in the Act to trade marks include, unless the context otherwise requires, references to 'collective marks' (i.e. marks distinguishing the goods or services of a member of the association which is the proprietor of the mark from those of other undertakings) and to 'certification marks' (i.e. marks indicating that the goods or services in connection with which they are used are certified by the proprietor of the mark in respect of various stated matters such as origin).

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