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2.3 What is a "collective membership mark"?

A collective membership mark is a sign that serves to identify the membership of members in an association, society or any other group which is a juridical person and distinguish such members from those who are not members. The Lions Club, the Rotary Club, and a political party are all eligible for filing an application to register a collective membership mark for identifying their memberships. A collective membership mark has no direct relationship with business activities related to goods or services, as it simply identifies the organization of the membership of its members and will be displayed on relevant articles or documents, while a collective trademark identifies the goods or services provided by the members of the group using the trademark. They are different intrinsically.(§85;§86;§87, Trademark Act)

  • Publish Date : 2008-04-23
  • Update : 2022-07-25
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