What is a Generic Trademark

Generic trademarks are phrases often used to identify products or services, such as “shoes” for a shoe company. No one may register generic trademarks since they describe a product. These trademarks are not protected in any way.

Brands can utilize a variety of trademarks, but those that fall under the generic umbrella provide no protection. For example, a local shoe business that simply labelled itself “Shoe Store” would not be entitled to use that identity.

Any brand may freely utilize these phrases in creating, marketing, promotion and other parts of making and selling their products or services since they define conventional vocabulary for specific sectors. Genericization can cause strong trademarks to become generic over time. 

This procedure makes it possible for anybody to use the trademark without permission.

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