A trademark is a sign or combination of signs that distinguish goods or services of one person or enterprise from those of another. Its origin dates back to ancient times, when craftsmen reproduced their signatures, or "marks" on their artistic or utilitarian products. The first trademark law in India was passed in the year 1940 and was known as the Trade Marks Act, 1940. This law was subsequently replaced by the Trade and Merchandise Act, 1958. Thereafter the Government of India amended this Act in order to bring the Indian trademark law in compliance with its TRIPS obligations. The new Act that was passed was the Trade Marks Act, 1999. This Act came into force in the year 2003. The Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the Trade Marks Rules, 2002, presently govern the trademark law in India. The thought of the digital patent office is that it would be totally paperless. For instance, an individual who concocted something would not go to the mail station to send in his or her patent requisition however would send it to the patent office on-line. Japan is the farthest ahead in this, and it has been conceivable to submit patent filings from devoted terminals since December 1990, and from Pcs since April 1998.
Last date updated on June, 2014