"Collective mark" means a trademark capable of distinguishing the goods or services of members of an organization of persons which are not a partnership within the ambit of the Indian Partnership Act, 1932, which is the owner of the trademarks from those of others, it is so defined in section 2(1)(g) of the Trade Marks Act, 1999. They are used by associations to relate themselves with a level of quality or accuracy. Associations have to ensure compliance of specific quality standards, only then the members can use the mark. The owner of the collective trademark can even be a public entity or a cooperative. The organization should be of a kind that is capable of suing and being sued. The primary purpose of a collective mark is to protect the consumer against misleading practices. Any group of people with a common goal may be considered a collective.
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