Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks

Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks – In a Business Combination, these are intangible assets and are therefore recognised separately from goodwill, provided that their fair values can be measured reliably. These marketing-related intangible assets meet the definition of an intangible asset because they arise from contractual or other legal rights.

Trademarks are words, names, symbols or other devices used in trade to indicate the source of a product and to distinguish it from the products of others. A service mark identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. Collective marks are used to identify the goods or services of members of a group. Certification marks are used to certify the geographical origin or other characteristics of a good or service.

Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marksTrademarks, trade names, service marks, collective marks and certification marks may be protected legally through registration with governmental agencies, continuous use in commerce, or by other means. Provided it is protected legally through registration or other means, a trademark or other mark acquired in a business combination is an intangible asset that meets the contractual-legal criterion. Otherwise, a trademark or other mark acquired in a business combination can meet the definition of an intangible asset provided the separability criterion is met, which would normally be the case.

The terms ‘brand’ and ‘brand name’ are often used as synonyms for trademarks and other marks. However, the former are general marketing terms that are typically used to refer to a group of complementary assets such as a trademark (or service mark) and its related trade name, formulas, recipes and technological expertise.

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National trademark laws in some countries (such as Finland, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland) provide for the filing of the regulations as an additional requirement for registration of the collective trademark.

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  • the name and seat of the organization, Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks
  • information on the members authorized to use the collective trademark, including their names, addresses and seats,
  • the conditions of membership, Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks
  • the conditions of use of the collective trademark, Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks
  • the prescriptions relating to the control of the use of the collective trademark, Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks
  • the order of proceedings against unauthorized use of the collective trademark. Pepsi ColaTrademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks

The main purpose of the regulations is to protect consumers against misleading practices.

collective trademarkcollective trade mark, or collective mark is a trademark owned by an organization (such as an association), used by its members to identify themselves with a level of quality or accuracy, geographical origin, or other characteristics set by the organization. Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks

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

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Collective trademarks differ from certification marks. The main difference is that collective trademarks may be used by particular members of the organization 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.

Many jurisdictions have been required to amend their trademark legislation in order to accommodate the requirement of protection of collective marks under TRIPs. Art. 7 bis of the Paris Convention also requires signatories “to accept for filing and to protect collective marks belonging to associations the existence of which is not contrary to the law of the country of origin, even if such organizations do not possess an industrial or commercial establishment.”

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Trademarks Trade names Service marks Collective marks and Certification marks

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