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Adv.Shine Thomas (Advocate)     14 September 2008

Collective Trademark

Please explain the term collective trademark.


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Sapna Makhija (Lawyer)     14 September 2008

It is  a mark registered by a group of people. So, the mark belongs to no one but to all of them, particularly to their association or organisation. Following link will better explain it. https://www.answers.com/topic/collective-trade-marks

e.g. a mark registered by an NGO, a partnership firm, etc


Shree. ( Advocate.)     14 September 2008

Dear Shine Thomas,

     Collective mark means a trademark distinguishing the goods or services of members of an association of persons, which is the proprietor of the mark. The members of the association are bound by regulations governing use of the collective mark. A collective mark is registrable under the Act. The regulations governing use of the mark are required to be filed with the application. If the Registrar is satisfied with the terms, then it is published in the Trademarks Journal and follows the same procedure as other applications.

Adv.Shine Thomas (Advocate)     14 September 2008


Senthil Kumar (Patent Consultant)     25 September 2008

A collective trade mark or collective mark is a trademark owned by an organisation (such as an association), whose members use them to identify themselves with a level of quality or accuracy, geographical origin, or other characteristics set by the organisation.

Collective trade marks are exceptions to the underlying principle of trade marks in that most trade marks serve as "badges of origin" - they indicate the individual source of the goods or services. A collective trade mark, however, can be used by a variety of traders, rather than just one individual concern, provided that the trader belongs to the association.

Collective trade marks differ from certification marks. The main difference is that collective trade marks may be used by particular members of the organisation which owns them, while certification marks may be used by anybody who complies with the standards defined by the owner of the particular certification mark.


Shrikant (Senior executive legal)     19 November 2008

after filing trade mark application in india, and thereafter required same mark be registered into different countries i,e. NEPAL, Dubai, Srilanka etc, can it is required to protect our mark into these countries required saperate registration under Trade mark act from respective countries, or can apply in india and protect mark against the infrigment of the trade mark, with relevant  saction,

whether these countries come under the convention countries,

please advaice us through mail,


or give miss call on my cell no i will call back to you 9987587099/9860663795



Adv.Shine Thomas (Advocate)     19 November 2008

Thank you, Mr. Senthil Kunmar & Mr.Shrikanth.

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