Overview of infringement of trade marks
The rights of an owner of a registered trade mark are stated in s 20(1) to be the right to use the trade mark and to authorise other persons to use the trade mark in relation to goods and/or services in respect of which the trade mark is registered. Section 20(2) also provides that the registered owner has the right to obtain relief under this Act if the trade mark has been infringed.
Section 120(1)–(3) provides three different circumstances in which a registered owner may sue for infringement. However, before turning to the individual aspects of each sub-section, a number of general features of the three different forms of infringement can be identified and examined.