What is the difference between ‘admission’ and ‘disclaimer’ in trademarks?


An admission is normally required where a word that is required for use in the trade by other traders has been miss-spelt in a trade mark, e.g. “soopa” as opposed to “super”. The applicant will be required to admit that he does not obtain any exclusive rights in the word “super”.

A disclaimer is required when a word that is required for normal use in the trade by other traders form part of a trade mark application, e.g. the word “foods” in the class for food products. The applicant will be required to disclaim exclusive rights in the word “foods”.

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