Trademark Renewal

Trademark Renewal

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OVERVIEW

India is a fast-growing economy. With booming businesses, there is more and more need to register Trademarks. Trademarks also need to be renewed every ten years, so there is an ever-increasing demand for trademark registration. Preferably, the trademark renewal must be filed before the expiry of the mark. At least six months before, to be exact. This is done by filing TM-Rwith the prescribed fee of Rs. 9000. In case a person fails to renew the trademark, the mark becomes liable to be removed (though a trademark restoration is also possible).Given the significance of trademark to a brand, renewal is important.

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RENEWAL PROCESS AND FORMS

The application of renewal is made in form TM-R.
The application can be made by either registered owner of the trademark or an agent authorized by him.
It is very important that you take the help of a professional to file for renewal of a trademark application to ensure that the mark is well protected. This is because you may want to
broaden the scope of protection. After all, if your brand has survived ten years, it’s likely that it would have outgrown the classes you had first registered it under.
Filing a trademark renewal application extends protection by another ten years. The trademark registrations are valid for another ten years and must be renewed again before the expiry.

 

 

CHECK THE STATUS

After the filing of a trademark renewal, it is vital to periodically check the status of the renewal application until it is processed by the Registrar. The trademark renewal sometimes requires numerous time-bound actions or response from the applicant. Therefore, it is important to continually check the status of the application and take the required action until the registration.

 

HOW TO RENEW A TRADEMARK

It is crucial to begin the process for renewal three to six months before the expiry of the trademark. The Registrar, after all, will only inform you about the expiry of the trademark very close to the last date, and it does take a few months to complete the procedure.

The application should be accompanied by the requisite fee that needs to be paid to renew the trademark. The application for trademark renewal is then reviewed for quality before it is finally renewed. Once the reviews are done, the owner of the trademark is liable to receive a certificate of renewal, thus marking his continued ownership.

 

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