In the elite list of trademarks, Indian Hotels Company Limited obtained a trademark for the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai.
Trademarks are received by those which are unique in looks and people can recognise just have a look in them.
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel became the first building in India to receive a trademark on 19 June 2017. This way it became the fourth in the world to obtain a trademark.
The trademark has been registered under Class 43 for “services providing food and drink;temporary accommodation.”
The Taj Mahal Palace was build in 1903 and carries a long history. It witnessed 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai after terrorists killed a lot of people inside this and came into news with engulfing in smoke in the media. This hotel is unique in design and stand alone from rest of the hotels in today’s time.
Since the building has got trademark image now, so people would not be able to use the images for commercial purposes without paying the company a licensing fee. No one would be able to use the image of Taj Mahal Palace on T-shirts or post cards or any other commercial purposes.
4 Trademark Buildings in the world
1. The Empire State Building in New York
2. The Eiffel Tower in Paris
3. Sydney Opera House
4. The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai
What are Trademarks?
A trademark is usually a mark that distinguishes a service from others. It symbolizes a good service and people trust on them while using. For example, Adidas, Nike are trademarks and people presume they would be good in quality and service and ready to pay extra also for the same.
The first Trademark Act came into force in 1999. This is the first time when an architectural design has been registered for trademark. As according to the law, only shape of goods, logos, brand names, colours, numerals or sounds are trademarked.