Trademarks - General Information

  • Filing System: Multi-Class Filing System.
  • Classification of goods / services: 10th Edition of Nice Classification.
  • Registrables: trademarks, service marks, collective marks, 3D marks, colour marks, quality marks (certification marks).
  • Member of Paris Convention: yes.
  • Claiming priority under Paris Convention: yes.
  • Filing international registration under Madrid Agreement: no.
  • Filing international registration under Protocol to Madrid Agreement: no.
  • Time from filing to registration: 12 months.
  • Protection (registration) duration: 10 years from registration date.
  • Examination type: formal and substantive examination.
  • Examination time: 3 months.
  • Publications: in the Official Gazette after acceptance.
  • Opposition period: 3 months.
  • Time limit to pay publication fees after acceptance: the Registrar will call for the filing of Form TM 27 to enable publication of the application in government gazette. There is a deadline of 2 months for filing Form TM 27 from the date of the Registrar’s acceptance letter. The Registrar will cancel the application if Form TM 27 is not submitted and the official publication fee is not paid on time.
  • Use: a registered mark may be subject for a cancellation action by any interested party if it has not been used for 5 consecutive years.
  • Renewal application can be made within: 6 months before expiry.
  • Renewal duration: 10 years.
  • Grace period to renew after expiration: 6 months with penalty.
  • Method of conducting the search: computerized, manually, official search, and non-official search.
  • Search for device: possible.
  • Time required to complete the search: 3 days.
  • Claiming goodwill upon assignment: optional.
  • Publication after recordal of the assignment: in the Official Gazette.
  • Publication after recordal of the change: in the Official Gazette.
  • Publication after recordal of the merge: in the Official Gazette.
  • Publication after recordal of the license: in the Official Gazette.
  • Time period of the license: can be decided by parties.