Trademarks - General Information

  • Filing System: Single-Class Filing System.
  • Classification of goods/services: 8th 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: 6 months.
  • Protection (registration) duration: 10 years from filing date.
  • Examination type: formal and substantive examination.
  • Examination time: around 3 months.
  • Publications: in the Official Gazette after registration.
  • Opposition period: 90 days.
  • Time limit to pay publication fees after acceptance: registration and publication fees must be paid together within 30 days from the date of receiving the Notice of Acceptance of the Mark Registration issued by the Department of Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Time limit to pay registration fees after the end of the opposition period: registration and publication fees must be paid together within 30 days from the date of receiving the Notice of Acceptance of the Mark Registration issued by the Department of Intellectual Property Rights.
  • 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: 3 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.