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Confirm that no similar trademarks exist on the Trade Marks Register. Infringing on another party’s intellectual property could provoke costly litigation.
Filing an application
File an application at the office of the Trade Marks Registry, stating your trade style, the goods or services, and the date of commencement of use (if any).
Where the trademark is a logo or label, we need one representation in JPEG format, with good resolution, sent by mail.
Examination can take 12 to 18 months. The examiner may accept your application absolutely, accept it conditionally or object to it.
If your trademark is accepted conditionally or objected, you will be given a month in which to respond to the examiner’s objections and fulfil any conditions for acceptance. Should your amended application still not be accepted, you may request a hearing.
After filing the application and allocation of official application number, the following option is available. If you wish to expedite the prosecution of a trademark application, we have the option of filing an official request at the Trade Marks Registry.
As per the relevant provision of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the Trade Marks Rules, 2017, the Registrar will issue the Examination report on an expedited basis, within three months from the date of filing of such request. Also, the entire processing of the application, including opposition if any, will be expedited.