A trade mark is a trader’s badge of origin. Trade marks are intended to protect a trader’s goodwill in a product or name while protecting the public from counterfeit goods or services.
A trade mark may be a letter, word, name, signature, number, logo, picture, brand, aspect of packaging, shape, color, sound or scent, or any combination of those.
Trade marks are registered in relation to certain classes of goods and/or services. Other traders are therefore free to use or register the same trade mark for unrelated goods and/or services.