Besides trade marks, there are other types of marks which you may find useful for your business:

This type of mark is used by traders to certify certain characteristics of their goods and/or services. For goods, these characteristics could be the origin, material or mode of manufacture of the goods. For services, these characteristics could be the performance, quality or accuracy of the services.

Certification marks can be filed by the certifying body, such as a trade association or a government body.

For more information, please refer to the chapter on Certification Marks in our Trade Marks Work Manual.

This type of mark is used to distinguish the goods and/or services offered by members of an association from those being offered by non-members. Once a collective mark is registered, all members of the association can use it. This is an effective way to show that your business is a member of the association.

For more information, please refer to the chapter on Collective Marks in our Trade Marks Work Manual.

Government agencies may record logograms on our trade marks register to prevent other parties from filing similar or identical trade marks. If you are looking to register a mark that is similar to or identical with a logogram, you will need to seek permission from the government agency before applying to register your trade mark.