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What is GENERIC NAME

Once exclusive, unique brand names that now identify a category for all brands under this respective category of products. Fridge (refrigerator), PC (desktop computer), Thermos (vacuum flask) are some examples. Generic names are not owned by anyone, not even by the firm who first marketed them. Typically the category is the name of the first successful product . The name’s common, popular use by consumers led to that name becoming a category.

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