The Trade and Merchandise Marks Act,1958
Section 12. Prohibition of registration of identical or deceptively similar trade marks
(1) Save as provided in subsection (3), no trade mark shall be registered in respect of any goods or description of goods, which is identical with or deceptively similar to a trade mark, which is already registered in the name of different proprietor in respect of the same goods, or description of goods.
(2) Where separate applications arc made by different persons to be registered as proprietors respectively of trade marks which are identical or nearly resemble each other in respect of the same goods or description of goods, the Registrar may defer the acceptance of the application or applications hearing a later date until after the determination of the proceedings in respect of the earlier application, and may dispose of such application or applications in the light of the evidence tendered in relation to earlier application and the oppositions thereto, if any.
(3) In case of honest concurrent use or of other special circumstances which in the opinion of the Registrar, make it proper so to do, lie may permit the registration by more than one proprietor of trade marks which are identical or nearly resemble each other whether any such trade mark is already registered or not) in respect of the same goods or description of goods, subject to such conditions and limitations, if any, as the Registrar may think fit to impose.