Q: How long does it take to conduct a trademark search?
A: 5 -7 working days.
Q: Does Pakistan use the international classification?
Q: Are there any goods or services for which the mark cannot be registered?
Q: 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?
A: Protection will be given to all the goods in a class.
Q: Can a trademark be registered in the name of more than one applicant (i.e. joint application)? If so, what are its requirements?
A: Yes. A power of attorney executed by all the applicants.
Q: Can an application be filed without its complete documents?
Q: Can one application cover more than one class of goods/services?
Q: May priority be claimed under the Convention Countries?
Q: What is the term of protection of a trademark? From what date is it calculated?
A: 7 years, from the filing date.
Q: In case a trademark is not renewed in due time, and another company register the same trademark, can the original owner oppose the registration?
Q: Is marketing compulsory?
Q: If the trademark was originally filed incorrectly, what documentation would be required to amend the official register to show the correct details?
A: Amendment application.
Q: Is use required before registration or for maintaining the registration in force?
A: No. Application can be filed with “Proposed to be used”.
Q: Is use of the trademark on one item sufficient to maintain the protection for all the goods covered by the registration?
Q: What are the types of use required?
A: Exhibitions, sale, publication materials, LCs, bills of lading, TV Advertisements… etc.
Q: Can the assignment of an application be recorded?
Q: Is recording a license agreement compulsory?
A: It is necessary in order to have effect against third parties.
Q: Can recordals such as change of name, address, merger, assignment, license, etc., be made against pending applications?
Q: 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?
A: Yes. Nominal value at least US $ 1.00, no tax.
Q: Can the trademark application be opposed and what is the opposition period?
A: Yes; 60 days from the date of publication.