FAQ

T1: How long will it take to conduct a trademark search?
One Week

T2:Does your country use the international classification?
Yes

T3: Are there any goods or services for which the mark can not be registered?
Yes, alcoholic beverages in class 33 can not be registered.

T4: Does the specification of goods in any class limit the protection to the specified goods, or does it give additional protection to all the goods in the class?
It limits the protection although the search is conducted for the whole class.

T5: Can a trademark be registered in the name of more than one applicant (i.e. joint application)? If so, what are its requirements?
No

T6: Can an application be filed without its complete documents? If yes, what is the deadline for filing the documents?
Yes, it can be filed and within three months the documents must be completed.

T7: Can one application cover more than one class of goods/services?
No.

T8: May priority be claimed under the Paris Convention?
Yes.

T9: What is the term of protection of a trademark? From what date is it calculated?
The term is 10 years form the date of filing.

T10: Is marking compulsory and, if so, how should marking be made?
No.

T11: In case a trademark is not renewed in due time, and another company register the same trademark, can the original owner oppose the registration or not?
There is a grace period of six months for Renewal. The original owner can oppose the registration.

T12: If the trademark was filed incorrectly originally, what documentation would be required to amend the official register to show the correct details?
No amends could be performed to registered trademarks.

T13: Is use required before registration or for maintaining the registration in force?
No, however the mark will be canceled if not used within five years after registration.

T14: Is use of the trademark on one item sufficient to maintain the protection for all the goods covered by the registration?
Yes.

T15: What are the types of use required?
Market use.

T16: Can the assignment of an application be recorded?
Yes.

T17: Is recording a license agreement compulsory? What are the consequences of non-recordal?
Yes, it is compulsory. If it was not recorded it will be considered nil and void.

T18: Can recordals such as change of name, address, merger, assignment, license, etc., be made against pending applications?
Yes.

T19: Can an assignment be made with or without the goodwill? What monetary consideration is to be mentioned as the value of the assignment? Is there any tax based on the value mentioned?
An assignment must be made with good will. There are no values to be mentioned and even if mentioned, there are no taxes to be paid..

T20: Can the trademark application be opposed and what is the opposition period?
Yes, after its publication and within a period of 8 moths after its publication.

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