A registered trade mark gives you the exclusive right in Australia to use it as a brand and to legally stop imitators. Unlike a business name, a registered trade mark can provide legal protection for your brand and enable you to stop others from trading with it.

Once registered, the trade mark is protected in all Australian states and territories for an initial period of ten years. If international registration is required, the trade mark must be registered in each country in which you want protection.

Be aware that registration of a business name, company name or domain name does not in itself give you any proprietary rights – only a trade mark can give you that kind of protection. Ensure you have exclusive use of your name now and in the future throughout Australia by registering your business name as a trade mark.

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