A trade mark is a registered brand and is used to identify a unique product or service such as a business name or logo.
It formally protects your intellectual property. To protect your logo, you must first register it with IP Australia as a trade mark.
It can protect a:
By having a registered trade mark, you can enforce your rights to its exclusive use and prevent others from using your intellectual property without your permission.
A trade mark is not the same thing as a company name, business name or domain name. However, you can have exclusive rights to your business name by protecting it with a trade mark.
Trade marks & copyright are basically different forms of protection of intellectual property. In some cases, copyright and trademarks will overlap.
Generally, you will be better off registering your logo as a trade mark. However, if your logo is your own artistic creation, you may automatically receive a copyright.
Applications for Trade marks in Australia can be made online through IP Australia. You’ll need to provide a variety of information, including:
The first trade mark legislation was passed by the Parliament of England under the reign of King Henry III in 1266, which required all bakers to use a distinctive mark for the bread they sold.
A registered trade mark gives you exclusive rights to use, license and sell the mark.
This means no one else in Australia can commercially use your trade mark for the same goods or services you have it registered for.
Before applying for a trade mark, you should do a search to make sure the trade mark you want isn’t already registered.
IP Australia’s free trade mark checker tool gives you an indication of existing trade marks that might be similar to your proposed brand or name. From there you can apply to register your trade mark.