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Manish M. BhagnariB.Com. & LL.B.
Trade Marks Registry
The Trade Marks Registry was established in India in 1940 and presently it administers the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the rules thereunder. It acts as a resource and information centre and is a facilitator in matters relating to trade marks in the country.
The objective of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 is to register trade marks applied for in the country and to provide for better protection of trade mark for goods and services and also to prevent fraudulent use of the mark.
The main function of the Registry is to register trade marks which qualifies for registration under the Act and Rules.
Almost all functions of the Registry have now been decentralised and executed by respective offices except publication of journal, issuance of Registration Certificate and post registration activities including renewal which is done at TMR, Mumbai(Head Office)
The day to day administration of Trade Marks Act,1999 is the main responsibility of the Registry. Apart from the above, the Registry have other functions like offering preliminary advice as to registrability; providing Official Search Report of same/similar trade marks on records for requested goods/services; cause a search to be made for issue of certificate under Section 45(1) of the Copyright Act, 1957 to the effect that no trade mark identical with or deceptively similar to such artist work as sought to be registered as a copyright has been registered as a trade mark; providing to interested public information and guidance on the subject; providing information to various government agencies including Police, Central Excise personnel, establishment of a Public Grievance and Redressal Cell, maintenance of top class IP library, the production of annual statistical report, production of official trade marks journal in electronic form and submit an Annual Report to Parliament.