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A Trade or Service Mark is a distinctive sign; be it a name, signature, drawing or anything, which is used to distinguish similar goods or Services of various manufacturers or of such services providers.
Trade or Service Marks besides serving the owner or Services providers or products manufacturers to market their products or Services, they on the other hand help the consumers to identify, choose and finally purchase a product or service because of its quality as it has been displayed by the Trade or Service Mark owner over the years.
Registration of a mark gives an exclusive right to the use of that Mark by its proprietor or licensee also known as registered user, assignee and any other beneficiaries. This exclusive right is extended for the first/initial period of seven years and renewable for ten years consecutively. A person using an unregistered mark will most likely infringe a registered mark and is at a risk of facing legal action which in the final analysis can make him/her bankrupt due to heavy penalties imposed against him/her. So, the best advice to manufacturing and trading communities is to play safe by registering their respective Trade and Service Marks to avoid those repercussions or impending undesirable consequences.
Application for registration of a trade mark/service mark is made by filling in and filing form TM/SM 2 accompanied by form TM/SM 3. The forms are available on BRELA website or from Trade and Service Mark Agents. The application forms together with about 8 loose representations of a mark are submitted to the Registrar. Upon receipt and payment of the application fees, examination is conducted, whereby if the Registrar accepts the mark the same is allowed to proceed to advertisement on the Journal published by the Registrar on monthly basis. If within sixty days of advertisement the Registrar does not receive any objection on the advertised Mark, he proceeds to issue the certificate of Registration upon payment of registration fee.