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Trademark Lawyer

 Who is a Trademark Lawyer?

A trademark lawyer/attorney is a person who has expertise in issues pertaining to trademark practices, designs, and laws. He/she is an individual with immense knowledge in trademark statutes and represents their clients on these matters.

What does a Trademark Lawyer do?

  • A trademark lawyer/attorney has several responsibilities including helping organizations on choosing a new trademark for the company and making sure that the selected trademark is unregistered for another company so as to not infringe the rights of another organization.

  • They also coordinate with the Indian trademark registry for registration procedures on behalf of their clients. If someone violates or infringes any trademark, it is the responsibility of a trademark attorney/lawyer to assist his/her clients by dispatching a “cease and desist” mail.

  • They also help to make sure that the applications are properly registered with the appropriate trademark office.

What are the skills required?

To become a trademark lawyer in India, the minimum qualification required is an LLB degree from any of the recognized law schools of the country. Here are some of the other eligibility criteria and skills required to become a trademark lawyer/attorney in India:

  • Candidates who have cleared their 12th class can pursue an LLB course based on the Common Law Admission Test or CLAT conducted every year

  • Attorneys should be registered with the Intellectual property Appellate Board or IPAB before practising trademark laws in any of the Indian states

  • They have to also clear the exam for IPAB Trademark Law Bar

  • They should possess strong interpersonal skills, team management, and client management skills

  • As trademark lawyers have to keep communicating with their clients directly and on an ongoing basis, they should be gifted with excellent verbal, as well as, written communication skills, implementation, practical solutions ready to different requests and problems.

Where can I study Law?

Some of the top colleges or institutes where you can pursue a Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) in India are as follows:

Prestigious Universities offering a degree in LLB

  • Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

  • Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

  • School Of Law, University of Mumbai

Popular Colleges offering a degree in LLB

  • Law College, Dehradun

  • Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai

  • Lloyd Law College, Noida

  • NEF Law College, Guwahati

  • CMR Law School, Bengaluru

What is the Career Scope for a Trademark Lawyer in India?

  • Post-liberalisation period, a number of companies, start-ups came into existence considering the potential of a huge market of India.  Hence, there has been a tremendous surge in trademark filing in recent years. As such, there is no dearth of job opportunities for a trademark lawyer/attorney in the country.

  • India has many law firms that deal with issues related to intellectual properties like patents, trademark, geographical identifications, industrial designs, and copyrights.

  • Trademark lawyers/attorneys can work in corporate organizations, as well as, in Intellectual Property Law businesses.

  • A trademark lawyer/attorney can also opt for channels such as house advisors for various companies or set up their own consultancy services and attorney firms.

  • Multinational organizations recruit efficient trademark lawyers to obtain guidance and assistance in issues pertaining to the company trademarks.

How much does a Trademark Lawyer in India make?

The remuneration of a trademark lawyer/attorney will completely depend on their services. A trademark lawyer can charge for filing and drafting an application for registration of trademarks, as well as, for cases associated with trademarks. A trademark lawyer’s salary in India varies in the range of INR 3 lac and INR 15 lac annually.

What are the Books and study material available?

  • Legal Aptitude For The CLAT – Workbook: A Workbook A.P. Bhardwaj

  • A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal

  • Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey

  • Lucent's Objective general knowledge: Lucent

  • General knowledge by Edgar Thorpe

  • Current affairs: competition in focus (refer sites: gktoday & cloud affairs )

  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by R. S. Aggarwal

  • Clat Diagnostic Paper For Law Entrance To Nlu

  • Mathematics Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Exam by Abhijit Guha

  • CLAT Study Material Book Notes Common Law Admission Test

  • AILET Diagnostic Paper For Law Entrance To Nlu

  • Self Study Guide CLAT 2020

  • Legal Aptitude For The CLAT – Workbook by A.P. Bhardwaj

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Who are the major recruiters for a Trademark Lawyer in India?

The following are some of the major recruiters of trademark lawyers in India:

  • Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Intellectual Property India

  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

  • RK Dewan and Company

  • Netflix

  • Ultra Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

  • India SME Forum

  • Justdial

Interesting facts

It is interesting to note that one cannot trademark surnames or names in India when they do not have a distinctive character. Also, geographical locations cannot be used as a trademark.