Trademarks - General Information

  • Filing System: Multi-Class Filing System.
  • Classification of goods/services: 10th Edition of Nice Classification.
  • Registrables: trademarks, service marks, collective 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: 6 months.
  • Protection (registration) duration: 10 years from filing date.
  • Examination type: formal examination.
  • Examination time: 2 months.
  • Opposition period: 3 months.
  • Time limit to pay publication fees after acceptance: all official fees are paid on the filing stage.
  • 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: official search only.
  • Search for a device: possible.
  • Time required to complete the search: 5 days.
  • 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.

The filing notice of applications for registration is published after the examination stage and in the absence of any non-final actions. The notice is published bi-monthly in the IP Journal and lasts for three months. After that, if there are no objections, the registration certificate is issued and the notice of registration is published in one issue of the IP Journal.