Your business needs infrastructure. Infrastructure needs a legal stamp from the government and company registration is that stamp. Through company registration, your business gets a foundation from which to grow.
Similarly, your business needs a mark, a trademark to be exact. A mark that lets the business be identified the people. It is a mark that becomes the foundation of expansion of your business, of its growth. It is a mark that needs the protection of trademark registration: an IP right that can help prevent its copying.
If you go by the above statements, what do you think the purpose of this blog is? Obviously, trademark registration and company registration are not exclusive – there is no either/or situation here. You can have both, and generally, you should have both. However, what if you register a trademark without company? Conversely, what if you register a company, but don’t bother with a trademark registration? These questions might not be that common. However, somewhere, sometime, some of you have asked yourself these exact questions. Well, through this blog, we are going to give you the answer.
Can you register a trademark without a company?
The answer to this question is quite obviously yes. You can register a trademark without having a company. How to do it? The process is simple. You just file the application for trademark registration as yourself, not as a company. It is called individual trademark registration. The documents that you are going to need are then going to be reduced. All you will need if you register a trademark without the company are the following:
- Your ID proof
- Your Address proof
- Your PAN card copy
- Your trademark
You get the trademark registration for the product or service you want to brand. However, if you don’t have a proper business infrastructure, the question remains – is it suitable to do it?
Yes, even if you don’t have a company, but you have an idea of the product or service, you should trademark it.
There are two major advantages of registering a trademark without company:
- The first major advantage of this is early registration. It means that you have a period of 5 years with you to start your business using that trademark.
- The second major advantage is that early trademark registration gives you the perk of priority registration.
Can you register a company without a trademark?
Yes, you can register a company without a trademark. However, unlike when you register a trademark without company, there are no discernable advantages to branding if you just register your company.
In fact, in some cases deciding the name of the company to be registered can be quite an issue if the name has already been trademarked by someone else. Company registration is a straightforward and singular process with no relation to trademark registration. However, if you want your company to yield profits, you will need better branding and trademark registration can offer it.
In conclusion, you can register a trademark without company and there are advantages to it. However, that is not the case when you reverse the situation. While there are no disadvantages to company registration without a trademark registration, there are no advantages either. In today’s world, you need every advantage you can get. So, if you have the choice to get trademark registration services along with company registration, you should take it.