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Can I use another company’s registered trade mark?

If your line of business is the same or similar as the company’s whose registered trade mark you want to use, then by using their trade mark you could be subject to legal action or even criminal charges. Even if you think that your business operates in a different sphere, because some trade marks are registered under many different ‘classes’, i.e. industries, by law your activities could still be infringing on their registered trade mark. The only way to be certain that your use of a trade mark does not contravene trade mark law is to register it with the proper authorities.

Updated on 11th September 2020

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