A Trademark generally refers to a “Brand” or “Logo”.
Trademark Registration can also be obtained for a business name, distinctive catch phrases, taglines or captions.
Properly used and promoted, a Trademark may become the most valuable asset of a business. Trademarks such as Coca Cola, HP, Canon, Nike and Adidas serve as an indication of origin of the goods as well as an indication of quality. It is also essential to obtain trademark registration for the business name/trade name under the Trademarks Act. Registration of a company or business name under the Companies Act does not in itself give protection against others who might commence using identical or similar marks.
Use of TM, SM and ® symbols
'TM' means for Trademark
'R' means for registered brand Name
The ® symbol, can be used only once the trademark is registered and the registration certificate is issued. Also, you may use the registration symbol only in connection with the goods and/or services in respect of which the trademark is registered.
The registration process is the same for both trademarks and service marks.
Copyright Registration confers upon its owner sole rights to copy or reproduce the work or grant permission to another to do so. A copyright is a legal right given by the law to creators of Literary, Dramatic, Musical and Artistic Works and Producers of Cinematograph Films and Sound Recordings. Copyright is usually owned by the creator of the work, but may also be owned by the employer of its creator or the person who has commissioned the work (unless there is an agreement to the contrary in either case). Copyrights are also transferrable.
In India, Copyrights are registered under The Copyright Act, 1957. The Copyright Act, 1957 protects original Literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and cinematograph films and sound recordings from unauthorized uses. However, ideas, procedures, methods of operation or mathematical concepts cannot be copyrighted. Copyright is a right given by the law to creators of literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and producers of cinematograph films and sound recordings. In fact, it is a bundle of rights including, inter alia, rights of reproduction, communication to the public, adaptation and translation of the work. There could be slight variations in the composition of the rights depending on the work.
What is Digital Certificate?
A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is a secure digital key that certifies the identity of the holder, issued by a Certifying Authority (CA). It typically contains your identity (name, email, country, APNIC account name and your public key). Digital Certificates use Public Key Infrastructure meaning data that has been digitally signed or encrypted by a private key can only be decrypted by its corresponding public key. A digital certificate is an electronic "credit card" that establishes your credentials when doing business or other transactions on the Web.
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What is GST (Goods and Service Tax)?
Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the GST Bill in the both parliament sessions so all the indirect taxes which is imposed by the state or central government has been replaced with GST (Goods and Service Tax) by July 2017. So from now its is mandatory requirements to convert the existing VAT/CST State wise Assessee and Service Tax or Excise assessee to the new reform tax GST Registration. even all the new entrepreneurs or assessee whose cross turnover of 20 Lakh Rupees except the north eastern state where the limit is 10 lakhs.
ISI mark is one of the most recognized signs of quality in India Subcontinent. It is the sign of better quality that signifies that the products having the mark is in compliance with all the quality and safety standards and is safe for customers to use. The companies need to get their products certified for ISI mark so that they could win the confidence of the customers and provide the best quality products to them for the best level of customer’s satisfaction and safety.
Agmark certification works like a quality benchmark or authenticity for all agricultural products produced in India. The word "Agmark" is derived from the combination of two words, "Ag" and "Mark", which means agricultural and certification mark. In order to give the consumers authentic and reliable quality products, the Government of India has defined the Agmark Certification Act, 1937 (and amended in 1986) by passing this bill in our parliament. Agmark certification process helps to make certified all the agricultural products before hitting the market. Currently, the AGMARK (Grading and Marketing) Act covers 205 different categories of agricultural products and commodities including on Pulses, Cereals, Essential oils, Vegetable oils, Fruits and Vegetables and other semi-processed commodities. This Agmark certification is extremely vital for all retailers and whole sellers across the country in order to sell their products to large base of customers.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under “Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006” which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.
As per new FSSA Rules, 2011 all existing and new Food Business Operators (FBO) has to mandatory convert their existing PFA, FPO, MMPO Licenses to new FSSA License. It is mandatory to obtain FSSAI License before starting of any Food Business.
This is applicable to all food units involved into:-
Manufacturing, Processing, Export, Import, Trading, Packing, Distribution, Storage, Transportation, Warehousing, Sales, Re-packing, Re-labelling, Wholesale, Retail, Hotel, Canteen, Dhaba, Restaurant, Club and Resorts or any kind of food business in India.
Now with new FSS Rules on Nutraceuticals, Food Supplement, Health Supplements, Food for Special Dietary purpose it is mandatory to obtain FSSAI License for Import, Export, Manufacture, Storage and Distribution of Nutraceutical, Food Supplement & Health Supplement FSSAI License.
A sole proprietorship is a type of unregistered business entity that is owned, managed and controlled by one person. Sole proprietorship's are one of the most common forms of business in India, used by most micro and small businesses operating in the unorganized sectors. Proprietorships are very easy to start and have very minimal regulatory compliance requirement for started and operating. However, after the startup phase, proprietorship's do not offer the promoter a host of benefits such as limited liability proprietorship, corporate status, separate legal entity, independent existence, transferability, perpetual existence - which are desirable features for any business. Therefore, proprietorship registration is suited only for unorganized, small businesses that will remain small and/or have a limited period of existence.
A General Partnership is a business structure in which two or more individuals manage and operate a business in accordance with the terms and objectives set out in the Partnership Deed. This structure is thought to have lost its relevance since the introduction of the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) because its partners have unlimited liability, which means they are personally liable for the debts of the business. However, low costs, ease of setting up and minimal compliance requirements make it a sensible option for some, such as home businesses that are unlikely to take on any debt. Registration is optional for General Partnerships.
LLP is a new corporate structure that combines the flexibility of a partnership and the advantages of limited liability of a company at a low compliance cost. In other words, it is an alternative corporate business vehicle that provides the benefits of limited liability of a company, but allows its members the flexibility of organising their internal management on the basis of a mutually arrived agreement, as is the case in a partnership firm.
Owing to flexibility in its structure and operation, it would be useful for small and medium enterprises, in general, and for the enterprises in services sector, in particular. Internationally, LLP are the preferred vehicle of business, particularly for service industry or for activities involving professionals.
Private Limited Company, the most popular legal structure for businesses, should be chosen by anyone looking to build a scalable business. Start-ups and growing businesses choose to register a company in India because it allows outside funding to be raised easily, limits the liabilities of its shareholders and enables them to offer employee stock options to attract top talent. As these entities must hold board meetings and file annual returns with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), they tend also to be viewed with more credibility than a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), One Person Company (OPC), or General Partnership.
IEC Code is unique 10 digit code issued by Ministry of Commerce, Government of India to Indian Companies and Individuals to enable them carry International Trade. An Individual or a company who wants to do International business can get an IEC. Individuals can use either the name of their proprietorship firm or their name directly to apply for IEC.
Small Scale Industries (SSI) or Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) can register themselves under the MSMED Act. It isn't necessary, but very beneficial to do so, as it only exists to offer benefits to those registered under it. These benefits include priority sector lending, excise and direct tax exemptions, capital investment subsidies and power tariff subsidies. To qualify as an MSME, manufacturing enterprises need to have investment of less than Rs. 10 crore in plants and machinery, while service enterprises must have no more than Rs. 5 crore invested in plant and machinery. If, at any time, you cross this investment limit, you need to cancel your registration under the MSMED Act.
Barcodes are machine readable symbols in the form of numbers and parallel lines used universally to identity and track products. Barcodes play a key role in supply chains, enabling retailers, manufacturers, and transport providers to easily identify and track products as they move through the supply chain. In this article, we look at the procedure for getting barcode registration in India.
Barcode is a system designed to encode information such as product number, serial number, batch number etc. The representation in the barcode can be scanned electronically either through laser or camera based system to automatically identify the product and their specification and thus a revolution in supply chain management. This enables the parties to trade to automatically identify and track the product movement throughout the supply chain. It records data in uniform & structured manner and share these data with trading partners and consumers ensuring safety and security of the products in supply chain across the globe.
Benefits of Barcodes Registration
Over two million companies globally, including all major manufacturers, retailers, and online marketplaces use barcodes making it the defacto standards for the retail industry today. This is because they know that barcodes can help them improve their business. Some of the benefits of using barcodes are:
Provides unambiguous & universal identification of products so no two products in the world would have the same GS1 barcode number.
Helps with faster listing of products on e-commerce platforms.
Meets prerequisite to doing business with modern trade retailers.
Facilitates accurate and faster billing at retail billing counters.
Gives an international look and feel to products.
Allows efficient track & trace and recall of all product types (e.g. consumer products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food, electronics, alcoholic beverages, etc.) helping ensure patient and consumer safety.
Optimised inventory management - as product packages feature barcodes, businesses can use the technology to maintain accurate control over inventory. For example, warehouses and retailers can scan barcodes when products arrive and leave, to take a record of inventory. Some companies link their inventory control to online portals so that they can instantly update package status.
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, promotes global standardization for specifications and requirements for materials, products, procedures, formats, information and quality management. Certification under ISO standards is an assurance that the ISO-required management of processes and documentation is in place.
Types of ISO Certification
ISO 9001 (Quality Management System)
ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System)
ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System)
ISO 22716/GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)
ISO 22301 (Business Continuity Management System)
ISO/TS 16949 (QMS-Requirements for automotive products)
HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points)
ISO 27001 (Information Security Management System)
ISO 13485 (Medical Devices-Quality Management System)
CE Marking (Certificate of Compliance)
OHSA 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Management System)
ISO 20000-1 (information Technology & Safety management System)
ISO 50001 (Energy Management System)
ISO 30000 (Ship and Marine Technology Ship Recycling Management System)