Most frequent questions and answers
A trademark is a unique symbol, word, phrase, design, or a combination of these elements that identifies and distinguishes the goods or services of one business from those of another.
Trademark registration provides legal protection to the owner of the trademark and helps prevent others from using the same or similar trademark. It also gives the owner exclusive rights to use the trademark for the goods or services it’s registered for.
Anything that is capable of being represented graphically and can distinguish the goods or services of one business from those of another can be registered as a trademark.
Any person or business that claims to be the owner of the trademark can apply for registration of the trademark. This includes individuals, companies, partnership firms, and legal entities.
The process of trade mark registration in India involves filing an application with the Trademark Registrar, examination of the application by the Registrar, and publication of the trademark in the Trademarks Journal. After publication, the trademark is open for opposition by the public. If there is no opposition, the trademark is registered.
A registered trademark is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of registration. After that, it can be renewed indefinitely for periods of 10 years each.
The renewal process for a registered trademark involves filing an application for renewal with the Trademark Registrar before the expiry of the registration period. The renewal application can be filed within 6 months before the expiry of the registration period or within 6 months after the expiry with a late fee.
The trademark registration fee in India varies depending on the type of application, number of classes, and the mode of filing.
Yes, the trademark registration process in India can be done online through the government’s portal for trademarks.
The timeline for trade name registration in India varies depending on the complexity of the application and any oppositions that may arise. On average, it takes around 18-24 months from the date of application to get a trademark registered in India.