Trademarks come in many forms- from recognizable brand names or logos to more ephemeral things like color and shape. But what about signatures?
Read this IP Conversation to find out!
Hey IP Geek.
I keep wondering if I can get a trademark on my signatures?
Is this possible?
Indian law’s definition of a mark specifically includes signatures, so it is possible, provided that the signature is distinctive and capable of distinguishing the goods and services of one person from another.
A few examples of registered signature trademarks in India are those of celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, and Sachin Tendulkar.
Celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar and Shah Rukh Khan have even registered their full names, surnames (Tendulkar) and even initials (SRK for Shah Rukh Khan).
Individuals can therefore use their distinctive signatures as trademarks to differentiate their products and establish a unique brand identity in India.
However, it is important to note that using a signature as a trademark may have some limitations, as it may not be as easily recognisable or memorable as other types of trademarks.
So using a signature as a trademark is possible, but only beneficial if you’re famous enough for it to be distinctive.
Thanks for letting me know about this, IP Geek.
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