New Trademark Rules 2017 India
The new Trade Marks Rules, 2017 have been promulgated in India, replacing the earlier Trade Marks Rules of 2002. The highlighted points of new trademark rules 2017 have been stipulated below separately. The new trademark rules of 2017 are highly conducive to easier and faster trademark regime in India, and greater ease of doing business in India.
Official information about the replacing of the earlier rules by the new trademark rules 2017, was notified by DIPP through its notification dated March 6, 2017. Though the official charges/fees for various processes related with trademarks and service marks have been increased, the individuals and new and small enterprises have been given 50% concession in fees related with trademark registration and expedited processing of registration application. To make trademark processes faster and more transparent, e-filing of relevant applications has been encouraged by giving 10% fee concession for such filings.
Highlighted Points of New Trademark Rules 2017
The following are the most highlighted and significant features stipulated in the new trademark rules of 2017:
- For expedited processing of an application for trademark registration (Rule 34), the official fee to be paid by an individual or startup entity is only INR 20,000/-, as compared to INR 40,000/- for larger corporate bodies.
- Now, the owner/holder of a registered trademark/service-mark may file an online request for inclusion of his trademark in the ‘List of Well-Known Trademarks’ (Rule 124), through paying the recommended official fee of INR One Lakh.
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