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What is registration?

Registration occurs when a governmental trademark office grants a formal recognition of rights in a trademark.

In some countries, registration is mandatory in order to obtain rights in a mark. In other countries, use of a mark (without registration) establishes protectable rights in the mark. However, registration often confers additional rights. For example, a registration may be required to enforce rights in the mark against infringers.

Advantages of registration include:

  • Visible deterrent and constructive notice to potential infringers by use of the ® symbol
  • Citation by the Trademark Office in applications to register potentially confusingly similar trademarks
  • Ability to grant a valid license to another party to use the trademark
In general, any individual, organization, or governmental or business entity using or proposing to use a trademark to identify its goods or services, may be entitled to register its mark.

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