how to register a brand name or a trademark in India?
a guideline on cost, procedure, steps and time line for trademark registration in india at http://patentinindia.com/trademark-registration-india/
So, you own a business or want to own a business, and you are thinking if the Trademark registration India really necessary step? is it something which is just good to have for a business or a must have for a business ? well, let me ask you a question,
How much time and effort you invested in your business? for your product ? or creating brand value? Did you work hard to make your business a respectable and trust worthy name in minds of your clients?
How would you feel, if someone else is misusing your business name?
Or You found out that the name that you are using for your business is actually registered with some other company
and Even worst case would be …
You work on your business for so many years to build brand and loyalty in clients mind and you found out you are infringing already registered trademark of someone and you can not use that name for your business here after
It would be a huge loss of time, efforts and costs !!! Would you like to avoid such devastating scenarios that can hurt your businesses image? which can result in all the hard work you put in building brand name (image) of the business going waste !!!
Then you need to seriously consider protecting your business name, identity, brand, logo, image etc. This is achieved by registering Trademark for your business. If properly used and promoted, a Trademark becomes the most valuable asset of a business. hence it is important to consider Trademark registration India.
The procedure for registering trademark in India
Step 1: trademark search
(time: about 4 hours) Cost: Rs 0 to Rs. 500
This search is to check whether your business name or logo is similar to other already registered trademarks. Generally trademark agent or attorney conducts this search with the Trademark Office to check if there are any similar trademarks already registered under that particular class. There are two kinds of search: online and offline. It is recommended that you get both the searches done. Once found to be unique you can proceed to the next step:
Step 2: create trademark application
(time required: 2-3 days)
Based on the results of the search conducted, the trademark attorney will draft trademark application, provided that your business name / logo found to be unique. If someone already has the same or similar trademark, you need to change yours. Or if you are of opinion that the trademark is rightfully yours and you are using it since long time even before other party trademark registration. You can start using ™ symbol as soon as you file the form of trademark application.
Step 3: trademark registration
(time 18 to 24 months)
Cost: Government fees is Rs. 4,500/- in case of Individual/ Startup/ Small Enterprise (it would be 9,000/- in all other cases) and trademark attorney professional fees is Rs. 3500/- per application per class.
The Trade marks office will first check your application to see if it's already been taken. If it has, a trademark objection will be raised.
If it has no objection, it makes an advertisement in the Trade Marks Journal.
If there is no opposition from other businesses in the next four months, your trademark is registered around six months later.
For more questions and information or for trademark search, filing, opposition and registering trademark in India, you can reach us by going to my trademark requirement .