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Trademark Registration in India

Updated:2018-9-13 10:45:55    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:174

Trademark registration in India follows “First-to-Use” principle, which is the same as the United States. What is a trademark? In simple terms, trademark is a brand or logo which represents your business. It is used to distinguish the owners’ products or services from those of its competitors. Trademark registration in India is regulated by Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Trademarks are registered under the Trademark Act, 1999.

Why Register a Trademark?
There are many reasons for getting a trademark registration:
1. It helps in identification of an owner and the services and goods offered by him;
2. It facilitates in advertisement of services and goods and generates an image of these services and goods that leads to more purchase;
3. It is a symbol of affiliation and loyalty and may promote consumers to build a particular lifestyle.

Conditions on Applicant
Any person which can be individual, company, proprietor or legal entity claiming to be owner of the trademark can apply. Foreign applicants shall entrust a local agent.

Documents Required
1. Trademark or logo copy;
2. Applicant details (name, address and nationality and for company: the state of incorporation);
3. Goods or services to register;
4. Power of attorney to be signed by the applicant;
5. Date of first use of the trademark in India, if used by you prior to applying.

How to Register a Trademark in India?
Step 1: Choose a mark and selecting the right class for the application.
Step 2: Check the availability of the mark. You have to check if there are similar trademarks already registered under that particular class.
Step 3: File an application for the mark. Tannet can help you submit the application.
Step 4: Receive the examination report within two months from application.
Step 5: If there is no problem, the mark will be published thereafter. After publication, there will be a four-month opposition period.
Step 6: If everything goes smoothly, the mark will be granted for registration. The whole registration process may take less than 1 year.

Terms of Protection
A trademark registration in India is valid for 10 years, which is counted from the date of filing of the application, notwithstanding when the mark is registered. Prior to the end of the validity, the trademark owner can file for renewal to keep the trademark registration current.

Contact Us
If you have further queries, don’t hesitate to contact Tannet anytime, anywhere by simply visiting Tannet’s website, or calling Hong Kong hotline at 852-27826888 or China hotline at 86-755-82143422, or emailing to You are also welcome to visit our office situated in 16/F, Taiyangdao Bldg 2020, Dongmen Rd South, Luohu, Shenzhen, China.

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