Who can apply for trademark registration?

The owner of a trademark (brand owner) can apply for registration. Individual, Proprietor, Joint applicants, Partnership Firm, Private Limited Company, Limited Company, One-Person Company, Foreign Company, LLP, Trust, Society, Association, HUF or any legal entity who owns a trademark can file application for registration.

  • Individual or person: Any single person 
  • Proprietor:  Proprietor is an individual owner of a business.   Find out more 
  • Joint Applicants: Joint applicants are more than one person or company applying together to register a trademark. This is practiced where the mark is used in a business in which two or more parties are actively involved.  Find out more  
  • Partnership Firm: A partnership is an association of two or more persons as co-owners of a business in which the profits and losses are shared. Partnership can be registered under the Registrar of Firms or can be maintained as not registered.  Find out more  
  • Private Limited. Company: A private limited company is a corporate business entity with private ownership. ‘The Companies Act 2013’ regulates commencement and operations of a company. The Board of Directors of a Pvt. Ltd. company will have a minimum 2 individuals as directors and they will be the shareholders of the company too. A Pvt. Ltd. company can have maximum 15 directors on it’s board.A company can pass a special resolution under section 149 of Companies Act 2013 and appoint more directors, provided that such company shall have at least one woman director.  Find out more  
  • Limited. Company: A limited company is a company incorporated under the Companies Act 2013 (or one of the predecessor Acts) with liability limited by shares held by each subscriber. A Ltd company will have minimum 3 directors in the board and maximum 15 directors. A company can pass a special resolution under section 149 of Companies Act 2013 and appoint more directors, provided that such company shall have at least one woman director.  Find out more  
  • One-Person Company: A one-person company or OPC is a private company similar to a private limited company, having only one director at all times.  Find out more  
  • LLP: Limited Liability Partnership or LLP is a legal commercial entity introduced in India by the legislation of Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008. Like a company, LLP is a separate legal entity, hence the partners and the LLP are distinct from each other. This is like a company where directors are different from the company. For taxation purpose, an LLP is treated like a partnership firm.  Find out more  
  • Trust: Trust is a confidence-based or trust-based legal entity registered and governed under the Indian Trust Act 1882. One party, known as ‘Author of the trust’, gives another party, ‘Trustee’, the right to hold to properties or assets for the benefit of a third party, ‘Beneficiary’. Trusts are established to provide legal protection for the Author’s assets, and to make sure those assets and it’s benefits are protected and distributed according to the wish of the Author.  Find out more  
  • Society: Society is a group of persons united together  by mutual consent, in order to deliberated, determine and operate jointly for some common purpose. Societies are registered in a State of India, governed by the respective law of the State in accordance with the Societies Registration Act, 1860 being the central legislation.  Find out more  
  • Association: Association is a group of people organized for a joint purpose formed under The Societies Registration Act, 1860.  Find out more  
  • HUF: HUF stands for Hindu Undevided Family, defined under the Income-tax Act, 1961. HUF is treated as an entity separate from its members. HUF is bonafide by law through right by birth to an individual who is covered by Hindu personal law that is Hindu, Jain, Sikh or Buddhist can create an HUF account for the benefit of tax planning.  Find out more  
  • Foreign company: A non-domestic company is a Foreign Company. Company which is incorporated outside India, but has a place of business or conducts any business activity in India is termed as a ‘Foreign Company’.  Find out more  
  • Public Sector Undertaking(PSU): Public Sector Undertaking(PSU) is a commercial Government company. A Govt. company is a company in which 51% or more  of the paid-up share capital is owned by the Central Government or State Government or Governments combinedly. Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) can be Public Sector Enterprise(PSE), Central Public Sector Enterprise(CPSE) or Public Sector Bank(PSB).  Find out more