1. Protect the most important asset
In the e-commerce context, a brand communicates the product range, quality, price, trust and customer service, allowing you to distinguish from competitors, both domestic and foreign. In our survey of 10,000 consumers, we have asked the respondents about the extent to which a brand influences their purchase behaviour. The results reveal that the perceived importance of brand exceeds 30%, revealing that brand truly plays a key role in shaping consumer decision making process. As a result, brand can be viewed as one of the most important assets, deserving adequate level of protection in the form of a trademark registration.
2. Networking and partnerships
Trademark registration instils a level of trust and certainty on all partners. Both supply chain and upstream business partners value brands with registered brands as this action limits the risk of complications in the future. Several established partners for online retailers (e.g. Amazon and its Brand Registry) go as far as to provide additional brand protection services for brands that have a registered trademark .
3. Foster growth potential
Drawing on the points 1 and 2 discussed above, trademark registration opens up the doors for fostering growth potential. Franchising is a particularly popular option, allowing for a quick global expansion by collecting royalties for the relevant know-how and the use of the brand. Trademark registration is absolutely vital in this process, enhancing the level of franchisees’ confidence as well as increasing the value for your company.
4. Impress investors
Analysis carried out by The Economist reveals that over 20% of the market value of the 10 most valuable brands is derived from the brands themselves . Estimates provided by Millward Brown, a market-research company, go even further, suggesting that brand alone is responsible for more than 30% of the market value of companies . Whether you are the sole owner or you have a board of investors to answer to, brand protection in the form of a trademark registration certainly provides positive monetary value.
5. Deterrent for copycats
Infringement cases are more common than you may think, with over 85% of large companies having experienced a case of infringement in the last year . The very act of registering a trademark acts as a deterrent for copycats, with the ® symbol clearly communicating the level of protection for your brand. Furthermore, by registering the trademark you retain the sole right to issue “cease and desist” letters that effectively discourage any copycat attempts.
6. Quicker and cheaper resolution of disputes
Even in cases when it comes down to an infringement lawsuit, a registered trademark provides you with a level of protection that allows for a quicker and cheaper resolution of disputes. This means that by the end of the day, the initial investment into a trademark will allow you to save a considerable amount of effort, concerns and lawyer fees.
7. Cybersquatting, hosting and social media
Cybersquatters deliberately purchase hosting domains with the intent of re-selling them with a significant increase in price. This threat could impede your move to a branded domain. Additional threats in the cyberspace include the use of copycat domains with only minor alterations to your brand name and the same practice can be also found in the realm of social media. Good news is that trademark registration allows you to exercise your right for the sole use of the mark, effectively discouraging any such practices and gaining control of your online presence.
8. Avoid rebranding
In case a trademark is registered by your competitor, you may receive a “cease and desist” letter or face infringement lawsuits. Without a registered trademark for the brand, the only viable option may be to rebrand the online store, forcing you to start virtually from scratch once again. In addition to the loss of positive recognition of the brand, rebranding also incurs costly changes to all promotional materials. The effort and cost associated with rebranding therefore represent further reasons why it is never too early to start protecting the uniqueness of your brand by registering a trademark.
9. Win talent wars
Up to 65% of the employment preferences and career choices made by talented applicants are made based on the company’s brand . The protection of its uniqueness, value and personality can be therefore directly related to winning the increasingly competitive recruitment wars.
10. Over 30,000 new trademark registrations per day
For year 2019, the World Intellectual Property Office has reported a total of 11,514,100 applications for trademarks. This means that on a global scale, there are 31,545 trademark applications filed each day . The pace of trademark registrations has increased over the recent years, emphasising the importance of brand protection. At the same time, the growing number of trademark registrations indicates that it is never too early to start protecting the uniqueness of your brand.
11. Inexpensive and easy to register
The cost of trademark registration varies between individual jurisdictions but in general terms, the cost is negligible compared to the loss of brand reputation, lost sales, rebranding costs and infringement lawsuits. Thanks to TramaTM, the registration process is very easy and starts with a free verification within 24 hours. The dedicated expert support provided by our team of attorneys ensures that the whole experience for you is convenient, quick and stress free.
12. Trademarks offer protection for life
Typically, a trademark registration provides protection for the period of 10 years, after which it needs to be renewed. The existence of an expiring trademark however provides you with the right to extend this period, effectively providing protection for life!
 Amazon Brand Registry (2020), “Build and protect your brand”, available from: https://brandservices.amazon.com
 The Economist (2020), “It has never been easier to launch a new brand”, available from: https://www.economist.com/business/2020/01/23/it-has-never-been-easier-to-launch-a-new-brand
 The Economist (2014), “What are brands for?”, available from: https://www.economist.com/business/2014/08/30/what-are-brands-for
 CompuMark Research (2020), “Trademark infringement rising year-on-year, says CompuMark report”, available from: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/trademark-infringement-rising-year-on-year-says-compumark-report-300986014.html
 Zhang, J.-Y., Wang, Y. and Feng, L.-M. (2013), “Evaluation model and application of employer brand: Brand association added and revision of comprehensive evaluation model”, Journal of Beijing Technology and Business University, November
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