1. Trademarks like any asset can be transferred from one owner to another. The transfers could be temporary through licensing or permanent through an assignment. Assignment of a trademarks is a process in which the owner of the trademark transfers the ownership of the mark either with or without the goodwill of the business. In other words, it is transferring of proprietary rights in the property of the proprietor. Thus once you have obtained an order for assignment of trademark, your company shall be the absolute proprietor of the said trademark, hence the usage of the same trademark by the other partners of that company even after assignment shall be illegal until it is complete assignment and not a partial assignment.
As can be noted, transfer of proprietary rights in trademark is similar to transfer of any other asset; Trademarks are valuable assets since they quantify a company’s reputation and goodwill.
2. Trademark class 25 pertains to clothing, footwear, head gear.
Class 35 includes services for advertising; business management; business administration; office functions. It includes mainly services rendered by persons or organizations principally with the object of: (1) help in the working or management of a commercial undertaking, or (2) help in the management of the business affairs or commercial functions of an industrial or commercial enterprise, as well as services rendered by advertising establishments primarily undertaking communications to the public, declarations or announcements by all means of diffusion and concerning all kinds of goods or services.
Therefore you may ascertain your position based on the clauses you have referred to herein above.
3. Trademark registration is based on a class system. For each class of goods or services that you register, you must pay a separate registration fee. So if you apply for a trademark for posters (Class 16) and shirts (Class 25), you must pay two fees. You must indicate the correct class at the time you are registering a trademark. If you list the incorrect class, you must start the application process over. Your registrations are restricted to those classes that encompass the goods or services you are already offering (as shown by the specimens you submit) or that you plan to offer (if you are registering on an intent-to-use basis).
4. A trade mark can be the most valuable asset of a company and may at times be worth more than the company’s land and factory.
The primary purpose of a trade mark is to identify the goods with the person who is manufacturing them or dealing in them so that the public becomes aware of the origin of the goods.
A trade mark is a form of property and enjoys protection either under the Trade Marks Act, 1999 if it is registered or under the common law if it is unregistered.
An application can be made in a particular class depending upon the goods/services in relation to which the mark is being used or is proposed to be used. Multiple Class applications can also be made for the same mark. But it appears that you have applied for one particular class only.
The competent courts can be moved for grant of relief against infringement and passing off. The competent court is the District Court having territorial jurisdiction where the Plaintiff resides or carries on business or works for gain or where the infringing articles are available.
Criminal Complaints can also be filed against persons who have infringed the mark in addition to a Civil action.