Owners of a trademark may use the ® symbol to indicate that the mark concerned has been registered with the Armenian Intellectual Property Agency (AIPA) or to use the phrase “registered mark” (art. 12 of the Armenian Law on Trademarks). The benefit of using such a symbol is that it signals immediately that such trademark is registered and, thus, protected. This puts third parties on notice and so discourages misuse.
However, it is not mandatory to use such symbols. In particular, the right to demand damages in infringement proceedings will not depend on the use of symbols.
False indications are treated as unfair competition practices and may be subject to sanctions falling under the Law on Protection of Economic Competition.
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