Initial registration will be for 10 years (instead of the current 7 years) with renewals for the same period (instead of the current 14 years).

Registration may be revoked if the trade mark has become generic or misleading or if there has been five consecutive years' non-use. The Bill transfers the burden to the trade mark owner to prove that the mark has been used if a non-use case is raised.

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