Everything that you do or get has a process and you have to follow the same. In the same way, there is a process to register a trademark and the process of trademark filling in India has four steps that are mentioned below:
Search - At first, you have to search a trademark for yourself and check its availability. This search helps you in finding the right trademark which has not been field in India and makes your registration easier.
Filling - You will have to fill up a trademark form and submit the same at the trademark office. You can mention more than one class of goods in your trademark application form.
Examination - After the submission of filled trademark registration form, the concerned office examines the application form that includes distinctiveness, existing similarity with prior registrations, and completion of supporting documents. If the trademark office finds everything ok, it will issue an acceptance order for the publication of trademark. The examination of trademark application takes 3-4 months.
Publication - After the acceptance, trademark applications are published in trademark journal. Any party can file an opposition notice against the trademark registration within three months of publication.
Opposition - Third party can oppose the trademark registration after the publication of the same in the trademark journal within 3 months. The third party can be the owner of an earlier trademark application or the person using the same trademark prior to the client.
Registration - If there is no opposition, your trademark is registered and you will get the relative certificate of registration after 24-30 months of application. The trademark registration is valid for 10 years.
Registering a trademark and getting it approved provides a lot of advantages. Some benefits of Trademark Registration in India are mentioned below for your convenience: