Trademarks are an important part of business branding. They are a way for customers to recognize your company without having to see your name. Not all businesses have a trademark, but if you do have one, you should do what you can to protect it.
There are some unscrupulous individuals who will try to take another company's trademark so they can capitalize from the trademark owner's hard work to build a positive reputation in the community. It is imperative that you understand some important points about trademarks and how they might impact your business.
What is a trademark?
In the simplest terms, the trademark is something that your business is known for that is unique and used in company advertising. This can be a slogan, a logo, word, name, symbol or other identifying mark. Because it is unique to your company, no other company should try to copy it. The mark must be distinctive, and there is a chance that it will only be valid and protected in certain geographical areas.
Why should you protect a trademark?
The primary concern for you to have the trademark removed from the other company is misidentification. If the other business isn't providing service up to your standards, potential customers might misidentify your company as the one providing substandard services. This can damage your company's reputation and might make it rather difficult to get the clients you need to support the business.
What can you do to protect the trademark?
Protecting a trademark must be a priority because if your trademark is stolen by another party, you need to know that you have recourse. You shouldn't have to sit back and see whether they remove your trademark from their company. Instead, you have to take swift action. It is possible to mount a legal claim to have your trademark removed from the other company.
Trademark law is a complex area to handle. Your case must be prepared in a manner that shows how the trademark issue impacted your company. Understanding some of the points that apply to your case can help you to ensure that this is done. Always work with someone familiar with the intricacies of this area of the law. These cases can take considerable time, so be sure to get it moving forward as quickly as possible.