Trademark

A trademark offers a form of protection, alongside copyright, patents and others, for an individual or a company’s intellectual property rights. The January 2021 update of the UK Trade Marks Act of 1994 (as amended) says: “Trade mark means any sign which is capable (a) of being represented in the register in a manner which enables the registrar and other competent authorities and the public to determine the clear and precise subject matter of the protection afforded to the proprietor; (b) 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, colours, sounds or the shape of goods or their packaging … “A registered trade mark is a property right obtained by the registration of the trade mark under this Act and the proprietor of a registered trademark has the rights and remedies provided by this Act.”

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