Some trademarks cannot be registered in India. Some common reasons when a trademark in India cannot be registered are:

  • If they lack distinctiveness and likely to cause deception or confusion;
  • If they are likely to hurt religious sentiments of any community;
  • If they contain any scandalous or obscene matter cannot be registered either;
  • Trademarks that are prohibited under the Emblems and Names Act, 1950;
  • Trademarks of shapes which are purely functional or necessary to obtain a technical result or which give substantial value to the goods.

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