While both roles focus on ensuring a fair voting process, scrutineers are primarily involved in verifying and counting votes, whereas polling agents focus on monitoring the voting process and ensuring voter eligibility.
They offer an unbiased oversight of the voting process, ensuring that all rules are followed, votes are counted accurately, and only eligible voters participate. This fosters trust among shareholders and stakeholders.
A scrutineer must be independent.
National registration gives protection within one specific country, whereas the Madrid Protocol offers potential protection in multiple member countries through one centralised application.
In many jurisdictions, including Singapore, trademark validity is 10 years from the date of registration and can be renewed indefinitely in 10-year increments.
Major alterations usually require a new registration. Minor changes might not, but the distinction varies by jurisdiction.
The Madrid Protocol consolidates multiple national applications into one, saving time, reducing costs, and easing management.
With a registered trademark, you can legally enforce your rights, which can include stopping the infringement or seeking compensation.
It varies by country. In many places, like Singapore, there is no annual fee, but a renewal fee is required every 10 years.
The Madrid Protocol’s international application relies on the base application’s status in your home country. A rejection at home can adversely impact the international application.