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5 Reasons Why Trademark Registration is a Must-Have for Your Business

By James Wan

What you need to know (in a nutshell)

  1. Registering a trademark can add value to a business by protecting unique branding elements such as the name, slogan, and logo.
  2. A trademark provides protection for a business’s products or services across Australia and simplifies the process of international expansion.
  3. Registration gives a business the exclusive right to monetise, sell, and license their trademark, as well as the ability to prevent unauthorised use and protect against competing trademarks.

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Businesses must market their goods or services to succeed and the brand they create may be as valuable as their business. Registering a trademark will safeguard this and reap many advantages, explained further below. Making sure it’s done early on is key.

It’ll enhance the worth of your organisation.

To stand out from the competition, business owners should secure a trademark which will safeguard their unique branding elements like name, slogan and logo.

Wondering what value a trademark adds? Take McDonalds and their iconic golden arches, recognised worldwide. The worth of such brands is immeasurable - so safeguarding it with registration should be your priority. After registering the mark you can then put an (r) symbol next to its name or logo.

Nationwide coverage.

Registering a trademark for distinct characteristics of your products or services can provide protection across Australia. This also simplifies international applications to expand the brand, saving time and effort in the process.

Permission to utilise, sell and license your trademark.

A trademark owner has exclusive privileges concerning their brand. Registration gives them the right to monetise it, boosting its recognition and helping grow a business. The good standing of one’s mark also makes possible selling the trademark to others.

Licencing your trademark can protect your brand while third parties, like manufacturers and distributors, market & distribute it.

Unauthorised use prevention.

A trademark in Australia is the only way to protect your brand and stop unauthorised use by competitors or other organisations. They may seek to benefit from your reputation, using aspects of logo design, branding or imagery for their own goods/services; this can be misleading as customers could assume they are buying something made by you.

Lacking a trademark, defending your brand from misuse can consume costly and inefficient resources. Holding the rights to it allows you to take action against any violating businesses or competitors.

Stop rivals from securing a similar trademark.

Registering your trademark is key to safeguarding it; the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) bars competitors or other businesses from registering any trademarks that are identical/similar. Failing to register leaves you with little legal recourse if someone violates your IP, while registration confirms no one else has claimed the same/related mark.

Legally protecting your intangible business components, such as trademarks and intellectual property, can help you build a successful brand that customers appreciate.