Trademarks - General Information

  • Filing System: Multi-Class Filing System.
  • Classification of goods/services: 11th Edition of Nice Classification.
  • Registrables: trademarks, service marks, collective 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 the application date.
  • Examination type: formal and substantive examination.
  • Examination time: 8 months.
  • Publications: in the Official Gazette after acceptance.
  • Opposition period: 90 days.
  • Time limit to pay publication fees after acceptance: 60 days
  • 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 merger: in the Official Gazette.
  • Publication after recordal of the license: in the Official Gazette.
  • Time period of the license: can be decided by parties.

It is required to submit Affidavits of Use/Non-Use with respect to registered trademarks within one (1) year following the 5th anniversary of the registration or renewal date.

if an applicant (or its agent) files several applications for the same Trademark in different classes (at the same time), the applicant (or its agent) is required to file a multi-class application (instead of single applications for each class). This rule is intended to reduce the administrative burden on the TMO.