The Government on March 6, 2017 notified a new set of trademark rules which have replaced the old rules constituted way back in the year 2002. The main idea behind the change is to help expedite the approval process and increase filings, both of which have shown positive trends over the past few months. While the examination time for an application has been brought down from 13 months to just 1 month in January 2017, official figures suggest that filings have jumped 35 per cent in 2015-16 against the previous year. Listing the top 4 changes in the new rule that you should know:
- Ease of doing business: One of the most important things is that the total number of forms that an applicant had to fill out has been reduced from a monumental 74 to a quite reasonable 8.
- Slashing of cost: The new rules have hiked fee for Trademark application to Rs. 9,000 but application fee for individuals, start-ups and small enterprises has been kept to Rs. 4,500 only (Government fee)
- Clarity in the approval process: To make a business doing easier, the method to determinate well-known trademarks has been clarified for the very first time. Provisions relating to the expedited processing of an application for registration of trademark have been extended up to the registration stage. Until now, they were only till the examination stage.
- Quick disposal: Concept of video conferencing has been introduced in the new rule and the number of adjournments in opposition proceedings has been limited to two by each party, these measures are surely going to help in disposal of cases on time.