Trademark General Glossary

Learn more about your trademark rights. Using trademark glossary, you can get a better understanding of terms used in the fields of trademarks.
Certificate of Registration
Document issued by a trademark office confirming that registration has been granted for a mark. Usually contains such information as the registration number, the mark itself, the goods and/or services identified by the mark and their classification, the name and address of registrant and the term of the registration.
Certification Mark
any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce by someone other than its owner, to certify regional or other origin, material, mode of manufacture, quality, accuracy, or other characteristics of such person's goods or services, or that the work or labor on the goods or services was performed by members of a union or other organization.
Classification of goods and services
Goods and Services are divided into different classes according to the Nice Classification system. There are presently 34 classes of goods and 11 classes of services.
Collective Mark
a trademark or service mark used, or intended to be used, in commerce, by the members of a cooperative, an association, or other collective group or organization, including a mark that indicates membership in a union, an association, or other organization.
Community Trade Mark
Document issued by a trademark office confirming that registration has been granted for a mark. Usually contains such information as the registration number, the mark itself, the goods and/or services identified by the mark and their classification, the name and address of registrant and the term of the registration.
Comprehensive Search
Thorough review of existing marks owned by others (registered or not) to determine whether adoption and use of a mark might pose a risk of infringement liability, and whether the mark may be registrable.
Distinctive Mark
A mark that is clearly defined and not easily mistaken for other similar marks.
Geographical Indication
Indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a Member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.
INTA
International Trademark Association
International Registration
Trademark registration obtained from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) pursuant to the Madrid Agreement and/or the Madrid Protocol.
Nice Agreement
International treaty establishing a uniform classification system for products and/or services claimed in a trademark application.
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