Bangaluru- First Indian City To Have A Logo

Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the IT hub of India and also known as Silicon Valley and the Garden City of India is one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Apart from the historical importance and rich cultural heritage of Bengaluru, it also serves as a home for various IT giants and educational and research institutions. The city has marked its presence once again by becoming the first Indian city to get a logo of its own. The State Tourism Minister Mr. Priyank. M. Kharge launched the official logo of the city at the famous Habba Festival on December, 25th 2017 to develop Bengaluru as a brand.  Although the logo “Bangaluru city trade mark”, consists of the name Bengaluru, it gives an essence of Kannada dialect and provides “Be” and “u” in red color as a stand out feature. It also acts as a tagline which gives a hidden meaning that is the freedom to be yourself, whatever one wants; said the creative designer of the logo Vinod Kumar.

International Scenario

The practice of creating a logo for a city is not a new one and internationally many cities have been making the logos for a past long time, the famous New York’s 40 years “” logo has been very popular and has been acting like a brand. Bengaluru has joined the list of numerous World famous having their own logos that get a city, worldwide recognition which aids in promoting tourism and brings economic benefit to the country. Few cities included in the said lists Melbourne, Berlin, Singapore, Paris, Amsterdam, LasVegas, etc.  Such logos have helped these cities to grow financially, culturally, and socially.

The Bengaluru logo seems to be created taking the idea from already existing city logos internationally such as Berlin’s logo  “” and Amsterdam’s “”, which focuses on the letters within the logo.

Importance of a Logo of a City

The logo can be protected under the Intellectual Property laws of the country and it can be registered under the Trademark Law or the Copyright Law depending upon the content of the logo. Registration grants strong protection against any unauthorized use of the mark. The growing trend of developing city logos also marks the importance of Intellectual Property. The logo of the city not only provides a unique identity to the city which can be termed as ‘city branding’ but it also helps in the promotion of tourism and business. Also, as marks can be represented anywhere even on small goods, and can be recalled easily, they have an additional advantage of reaching globally unbridled by boundaries that enhance the image of the city.

Author: Ankit Chaudhary, an intern at IP and Legal Filings and can be reached at

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