Protecting Your Brand
Think Big as You Register and Protect Your Name from Competitors
If your products or services will travel the world, think in global terms right from the get-go by following this advice:
- As you develop your brand identity, test its relevance and acceptance in other cultures and languages — especially in the cultures of countries where you plan to develop clusters of customers as a result of global offices, Internet marketing, or distributor relationships.
- If your products or services will travel national borders, obtain international trademark registrations in the very beginning, before others can beat you to the task. If you don’t, someday when you seek to protect your brand in distant markets, you just may discover that your name has already been trademarked — but not by your organization.
- There’s no such thing as a worldwide trademark, but you can file a single international application that allows you to apply for trademark registration in any of the more than 60 countries that participate in what’s called the Madrid Protocol. For information, visit the World Intellectual Property Organization at www.wipo.int.
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