The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship hotel of Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, a defining structure of Mumbai’s cityscape since 1903, has secured image trademark rights for its elegant hotel building and its characteristic dome from the Government of India. With this, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai now joins an elite club of distinguished structures around the world that have secured trademark rights. Also, commercial use of the images of its iconic dome and grand exterior will now be on prior written consent from Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris only.
The distinctive red-tiled Florentine Gothic dome, which crowns the elegant Indo-Saracenic arches and architraves of the hotel, sits 240 feet above street level. The hotel’s architects modelled this closely on the dome of the Victoria Terminus (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), when the hotel opened on December 16, 1903.
Taljinder Singh, Area Director – Mumbai and General Manager, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai said: “For more than a century the Taj dome has anchored the Mumbai skyline – it is an irreplaceable part of the soul of the city and we are very proud to recognise its important role as a symbol of Mumbai’s people and its past through the trademark. For our pioneering founder Jamsetji Tata, The Taj Mahal Palace was his vision for the future of Indian hospitality, as well as his legacy to the city of Mumbai.”
“We felt strongly about protecting and bringing forth the distinctiveness of this most recognised building in India. It’s an icon that stands as the indomitable spirit of not just Mumbai, but India. The trademark is a milestone in the 114-year long journey of this legendary hotel. What adds to our joy, is the fact that this Hotel becomes among the first to get a registration of this kind, in the Country, keeping it in august company of a few buildings around the world that have protected their Intellectual Property Rights.” said Rajendra Misra, Senior Vice President – General Counsel, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai preceded the famous Gateway of India by over 20 years. Finding itself at the crossroads of Indian history, Lord Mountbatten announced India’s independence from the steps of The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. The only hotel in India to have electricity at the time of its inauguration, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai has been home to eminent personalities including Neil Armstrong, Beatle’s John Lenon, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, and US President Barack Obama, to name a few.