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What is a trademark?
The Trade Marks Ordinance 2001 defines a trademark any mark capable of being represented graphically which is capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings. A sign can include a letter, word, name including personal name, signature, figurative element, numeral, device, brand, heading, label, ticket, aspect of packing, shape, color, sound or any combination of these features.
Why register a trademark?
If a trade mark isn’t registered and infringement is suspected, the owner must establish by extensive evidence that as a result of its use of and reputation in the mark the other person’s use is likely to cause deception or confusion. The dispute would be dealt with under the common law action of passing off.
What are the criteria for registration?
In order to be registered, a trademark cannot be one that other traders need to use to promote their own goods or services, such as a directly descriptive term, geographic word or common surname. It must also be capable of distinguishing the applicant’s goods or services from those of other traders and cannot mislead the public about the nature of the goods or services.
When has a trademark been infringed?
In Pakistan, a registered trade mark is infringed by the unauthorized use of that mark, or a mark that is substantially identical or deceptively similar to it:
In relation to any goods or services for which the trade mark is registered;
In relation to goods or services that are similar (Unless the alleged infringer establishes the use isn’t likely to deceive or cause confusion); or
Where the relevant mark is well-known in Pakistan and use (even on unrelated goods or services) indicates a connection with the owner and thereby adversely affects its interests.
What is the role of a trademark attorney?
Trademark attorneys are qualified to act on behalf of clients (along with registered patent attorneys and lawyers) in relation to matters arising under the Trade Marks Ordinance, 2001. They advised on issues relating to registration and enforcement of trade marks and prosecute the applications before the Trade Marks Registry.