The Taj Mahal Palace was built in 1903 and acted as a triangulation point for the Indian Navy to show them the way towards the harbour.  The Taj Mahal Palace, an iconic 114-year-old building, in Mumbai, India has just become an official trade mark.  This hotel now joins the worldwide elite trademarked properties including the Empire State Building (New York, USA), the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France) and Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia).

This is the first time since the Trademark Act came into force in India in 1999 that a trade mark registration of an architectural design has been made.  The Indian Hotels Company (who run the Taj Mahal Palace as their flagship hotel) said that they applied for the trade mark registration in order to protect the distinctiveness of the building.