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Own-it Factsheet on Trade Marks

Published 11.04.12 at 11:45

A trade mark is the 'badge of origin' that distinguishes your goods or services from those of your competitors. It also grants the proprietor the exclusive use of that mark in relation to the goods and services for which it is registered. Once you have a distinguishable mark you can devote the time and resources necessary to enhance your brand reputation. So what will qualify as a trade mark? What do the TM and ® symbols mean? Are there rights in unregistered trade marks? And what do I do when someone infringes my rights? Find out by reading the Own-it Factsheet on Trade Marks.

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Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

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