We are proud to announce the successful completion of our Trademark application covering the Rupanyup Men’s Shed Trademark.
This Trademark allows us a strong protection of our IP and the exclusive use of the words “Rupanyup Men’s Shed” along with our logo design elements included in our logo and these are currently also shared with the Rupanyup & District Women’s Shed logo for a period of 10 years.
The RUPANYUP MEN’S SHED with trademark number 1627168 was lodged on 12/06/2014 and now has a status of Accepted.
The initial application went through the inspection process without problems and was advertised around the world as is required and the application was then approved after this assessment was passed as unopposed.
Filing trademarks is a time consuming and expensive exercise which is why care needs to be taken ensuring that you are likely to gain a positive result for a measure of success with the application process.
Before committing to register a particular trade mark it is important that you conduct a comprehensive search to make sure the trade mark you want to use is available.
A trade mark search will disclose both registered trade marks and trade marks applied for.
A comprehensive search gives you access to the information you need and help you determine:
• whether the name or logo you want to trade mark is already in use
• if your new product name or logo can be protected by trade mark registration
• an overview of similar trade marks in the market
• whether or not the use of your new product name or logo will infringe on another person’s rights.
David Craker, the Rupanyup Men’s Shed President said “It was important for the Rupanyup Men’s Shed to register a trademark in order to protect our collective intellectual property and organisational model” and “We needed to ensure that every one of our members hard work and efforts are provided a greater level of protection as a working group.”
David also says, “With the business makeup of any organisation in the 21st century, you have to be on top of this process and also need to make sure your proposed business name is not infringing on somebody’s trade mark, we had to be sure that our logo and name was indeed ours, was unique and could be protected.”
He added, “Be aware that registering your business name does not give you any ownership of that name and only the protection of a Trademark can do that for you” “That’s why there are professional search services and IP Advisors to help you get your business name right the first time around.”
“Choosing a business name that infringes an existing trade mark can be a costly exercise to try to mount or defend and often it could mean hefty legal bills, drawn out disputes and even the closure of your business or organisation if it is found to be trading in breach of the law.
The final outcome was certainly positive as Rupanyup Men’s Shed Inc. were awarded their Trademark and now have the rights to use it as desired.
In coming days the Trademark symbol ® will be added to all our logos and documents within the organisation.