After filing a trademark application, on an average, it takes at
least 13 months to get your trademark registered at Trademark
Registry, India. In this intermittent period, your trademark
application goes through various stages, and you can check
trademark status of which is reflected online.
Each time the trademark status is updated against your
application number, it shows the stage at which your application
is. It is important for you to know the status of your trademark
application as some stages of a trademark application require you
to take some action. This blog post will help you understand what
each status means.
Check Trademark Application Status:
New Application: This means that the
application has been entered into the database of the Trademark
Registry. This is the first step after which your trademark
application will be processed.
Send to Vienna Codification: This status is
applicable only to the non-text trademarks. If a trademark contains
a logo, label or artwork, then it is assigned a numerical code.
This numerical code is in accordance with the Vienna Codification.
Formalities Check Pass: This means that you
have complied with all the procedural formalities. Procedural
formalities mean filing the Power of Attorney, providing
translation where any document is not in English/Hindi and so on.
If you have properly completed all the procedural formalities then
your trademark status will reflect as Formality Check Pass.
Formalities Check Fail: If some procedural
formalities (as listed above) are incomplete or if you have not
satisfactorily complied with them then your trademark application
status will show as Formalities check fail. You will have to comply
the check fail mentioned by Trademark Registry.
Marked for Exam: This signifies the beginning
of the legal process. This status means that your application will
be taken up by an Examiner in order to determine its
registrability. The Examiner will decide if your trademark
qualifies for registration, according to the provisions of the
Exam Report Issued/ Accepted: After the
examiner conducts the examination the Exam Report is issued.
Accepted means that the Examiner has not raised any objections and
that your Trademark will be published in the Trademark Journal,
prior to registration.
Objected: The Examiner can raise
objections against the registration of your trademark; the
trademark status will show as objected. If your trademark is
objected then you must file a reply within one month from the date
of receipt of the hard copy of the notice.
Refused: If the Examiner is not satisfied with
the response then he can refuse the registration of your
Advertised Before Accepted: this means that
your trademark has been published in the Trademark Journal.
'Before Accepted' means that your mark is published for
allowing any third party to oppose your mark before acceptance
of the mark.
Accepted and Advertised: This means that you
Trademark has been advertised in the Trademark Journal. There are
absolutely no changes that you need to make to the application.
Opposed: After the Trademark is advertised in
the Trademark Journal a third-party has 4 months to oppose the
published trademark. If there is a third-party opposition then the
trademark application status will show as Opposed.
Send Back to EDP: EDP stands for Electronic
Data Processing. In a trademark application, all the documents and
data entry are digitized. Send Back to EDP means that there has
been some error during data entry that needs to be rectified. This
status does not require the Applicant to take any steps.
Send to PRAS: Pre-registration amendment
section reflects when you have filed an amendment prior to the
Registration of your Trademark. The Amendment may be to the
proprietor name, address or the like.
Registered: Your trademark is registered
under the Trademark Registry.
Abandoned: If you do not respond to the
Trademark Registry within the stipulated time, your trademark
application will be abandoned.
Withdrawn: After you voluntarily withdraw
your trademark application, and status will shows as withdrawn.
Removed: A trademark can be removed from the
Register of Trademarks. This may be because of non-renewal of the
Therefore, it is important to check the trademark application
status from time to time. Further, you can check your
trademark application status here: trademark e-register, or you contact
us to assist you to find the status of your trademark
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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