Trademarks are signs used in trade to identify products. Your trademark distinguishes your products from everyone else’s and encapsulates your values.
It may consist of any signs, in particular words, including personal names, or designs, letters, numerals, colours, the shape of goods or of the packaging of goods, or sounds, provided that such signs are capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings.
The TM property right is protected by a certificate.
The term of validity of a TM certificate is usually 10 years from the date of filing of the application and may be renewed for 10 years on payment of the renewal fee.
The scope of the rights to a TM is defined by the image given in the certificate, as well as by the list of goods and services, for which the mark is registered.
The certificate holder has the exclusive right to use the TM, at its discretion, allow or prohibit other persons to use the mark.
The use of TM is placing it on the product, packaging, signs, labels and other items, the sale of such goods, offering for sale, storage for sale purposes, export from and import into the country for sale, its use in the provision of services, in advertising, on forms and other documentation related to the introduction of goods and (or) services in the economy.
Any infringement of the rights of the owners of TM is considered as a violation of their rights and entails liability under applicable law.