While getting your trademark registered seems like a good
option, to protect the goodwill of your business in the long-run, a
lot of people are wary about the amount of money they would have to
spend on the registration process. While the total amount might
seem a little high, the breakup of the trademark registration cost
in India will rationalize the expenditure.
Before delving into the trademark registration cost, here's
a bird's eye of the process of registration itself:
Trademark [TM] Search: Though it is popularly believed that the
first step to registering a trademark is the trademark filing, the
first step, in reality is the TM search. A TM search reveals the
presence of similar or identical trademarks and helps a person in
choosing a unique trademark.
Trademark Examination & Response: A trademark examiner
conducts the trademark examination of the application for
registration. In case the trademark is objected, then the applicant
has to file a response within the stipulated time. After successful
contestation, the application will be published in the trademark
Opposition: Once the trademark has been
published in the journal the public has a right to file an
opposition (if they will be aggrieved by the registration) within 4
months. The opposition proceeding may extend the registration
timeline up to 4 years.
Registration & Renewal: Once the trademark is registered in
India, it has to be renewed every 10 years upon the payment of the
prescribed fee. Unless it is renewed it will be removed from the
Register of Trademarks.
Amendment to the
application [for example change of address]
Response to a notice of
Request for extension
Renewal within six
months after the expiration of the last registration of the
Restoring a trademark
that has been removed from the register
The above-listed trademark registration costs give a fair idea
of the entire amount it will take for getting your trademark
registered. Apart from this, it is always better to engage professional services to ensure a hassle-free
The Draft Trademark (Amendment) Rules, 2015 propose to increase
the cost of registering the trademark by 100%. Once this comes into
effect the above-mentioned costs will double.
While the actual trademark registration cost in India may vary
slightly, depending on how many classes you are filing your
trademark under and whether it is a collective mark or not, on a
cost-benefit analysis registering your trademark has the advantage
of protecting the goodwill of your business. A business takes a lot
of effort and money to establish. Endowing your business with a
registered trademark will go a long way in protecting it.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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