Introduction

A trademark is used by a business to distinguish its goods or services from other similar goods or services from a different business. The trademark symbols, logos, labels, names are represented with an “R” at the end. A trademark can be registered under the Trade Marks Act, 1999. The trademark cannot be registered if it is found offensive, non-distinct and contains government emblems. The validity period of trademark in India is for a period of 10 years as per section 25 in the Trade Marks Act, 1999. On 6th March 2017, Government of India (GOI) notified new Trade Mark Rules, 2017, to streamline the application process, create benchmarks for filing trademark applications, promote e-filing and simplify the registration process. The registered trademark can be renewed for another 10 years with proper documentation and meeting the required criteria

Renewal

Duration to renew a Trademark:

  1. The renewal can be filed within one year prior to the date of expiry as per rules 57 and 58 in Trade Mark rules 2017.
  2. The renewal can be filed within six months prior to the date of expiry as per rules 63 and 64 in Trade Mark rules 2002.
  3. The renewal can also be filed within six months after the date of expiry.

Documents

Document required for Trademark Renewal:

  1. Account Credentiuals.
  2. TM Proof.
  3. Trademarks Details.

Time

TM renewal takes around 30 days.

FAQ's

The Trademark Registry has classified goods and services under 45 classes. Your application must mention the class/classes of the goods/services. The trademark would be registered under those classes only.

It is valid for 10 years at a time and is renewable indefinitely.

A trademark is a mark given to a brand to protect the brand name, Logo or Slogan. A copyright is a Protection given to unique content such as books, music, videos, songs or even software..

The trademark registered under Trademark Act 2000 will be valid only in India. However, in some countries trademark registered in India can be used as a base for registering trademark in that country.

Renewals of Company Names, Business Names or Domain Names do not provide ownership or a monopoly right in a name as do trademark Renewals.

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