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What’s the main difference between a scrutineer and a polling agent?

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.

How do these roles contribute to transparency in the voting process?

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.

Can a single individual serve as both a scrutineer and a polling agent?

A scrutineer must be independent.

What is the difference between national trademark registration and the Madrid Protocol?

National registration gives protection within one specific country, whereas the Madrid Protocol offers potential protection in multiple member countries through one centralised application.

How long is a trademark registration valid?

In many jurisdictions, including Singapore, trademark validity is 10 years from the date of registration and can be renewed indefinitely in 10-year increments.

Can I modify my trademark after its registration?

Major alterations usually require a new registration. Minor changes might not, but the distinction varies by jurisdiction.

Why consider the Madrid Protocol over individual national registrations?

The Madrid Protocol consolidates multiple national applications into one, saving time, reducing costs, and easing management.

What if someone infringes on my registered trademark?

With a registered trademark, you can legally enforce your rights, which can include stopping the infringement or seeking compensation.

Are there regular fees for maintaining my trademark registration?

It varies by country. In many places, like Singapore, there is no annual fee, but a renewal fee is required every 10 years.

What if my base application in my home country is rejected? Can I still use the Madrid Protocol?

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.