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08 March 2017

India’s new trademark registry rules raise filing fees more than expected

Further to our report earlier this week, India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has ratified new trademark registry rules and published final fees – some of which are higher than most industry observers had anticipated.

06 March 2017

India doubles trademark fees, cuts red tape and strengthens status of well-known marks

India’s trademark registry will adopt new rules today aimed at simplifying prosecution procedures and improving recognition for ‘well-known’ marks. The changes are also expected to herald significant increases in trademark filing and renewal fees.

01 March 2017

India on the move

The Indian Trademark Registry has stepped up its digital efforts in the last year, while changes to the legislative regime demonstrate growing recognition for international brand owners

28 February 2017

Indian trademark office flags over 25,000 ‘incomplete’ applications; attorney reaction mixed

In an effort to process applications more efficiently, the Indian trademark office has identified and put on notice over 25,000 applications that either failed a compliance check or are deemed incomplete. Speaking to attorneys in the country, reaction has been mixed – commentators told us that, while there are some examples of “frivolous objections”, there has also been a tangible reduction in the time in which new applications are being accepted.

01 November 2016

India: Courts step up when it comes to famous marks

Recent case law from Indian courts confirms their pragmatic approach and bodes well for the protection of well-known marks in India, even when trademarks are not registered in the country

23 September 2016

Indian trademark held hostage by disgruntled ex-employee amid allegations of potential registry complicity

Police in Mumbai have arrested a builder who allegedly ‘stole’ a trademark belonging to a business he used to work for in the course of a dispute over severance compensation, it was reported this week. In the wake of the alleged incident, questions have been raised about potential fraud at the city’s trademark registry.

12 September 2016

Two new free-to-view IP guides now available

World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of the latest editions of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide and India: Managing the IP Lifecycle.

20 April 2016

Report shines light on trademark strategy inside Indian companies

It has been almost three years since India acceded to the Madrid system, but recent research from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore suggests that there is still work to be done to raise awareness of international trademark filing procedures among businesses in the country’s key growth sectors.

06 April 2016

Delhi High Court orders trademark office to stay highly controversial abandonment orders

Earlier this week, World Trademark Review reported on the outcry that followed the Indian Trademark Registry’s decision to classify tens of thousands of trademark applications as abandoned. There has been a significant development overnight, as the Delhi High Court has stepped in and stayed all relevant abandonment orders.

05 April 2016

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The Indian Trademarks Registry has devised a new way to reduce its backlog of trademark applications: abandoning outstanding applications. In an exercise carried out in the last week of March 2016, it is estimated that more than 100,000 applications were abandoned by the registry.

04 April 2016

Outcry as India’s trademark office reveals mass abandonment of applications

India’s trademark office has revealed the abandonment of tens of thousands of trademark applications. The move, which was followed by reports that a large number of files had been abandoned incorrectly, caused concern in the trademark community, with INTA urging the reversal of the abandonment orders with immediate effect. Today the office announced that affected applicants have until April 30 to evidence that an application has been erroneously treated as abandoned.

02 March 2016

India’s IP office to pilot mediation programme in effort to clear opposition backlog

The Trademarks Registry in India is trialling a mediation initiative aimed at reducing pendency, with the test cases including oppositions that have been held up for nearly 20 years. Meanwhile, efforts to improve efficiency in the courts are continuing apace – a ruling last week clarified a key jurisdictional question about which IP cases will be heard by the country’s new commercial divisions at the High Court level.

12 January 2016

Trademark Registry official convicted of graft in India, ending five year case

The five-year investigation and prosecution of a former registrar accused of accepting bribes to speed up trademark applications has finally ended with a guilty verdict and a prison sentence. How much has changed in India since the high-profile takedown made waves around the IP world?

06 January 2015

Proposed India IP rights overhaul will require strong political will

India’s IPR Think Tank has made a series of recommendations designed to establish the country as, in the words of its proposed national slogan, ‘Creative India; Innovative India’. Making these plans a reality will require both political momentum and, crucially, significant funding.

03 March 2014

Trademarks registry revamps its online platform

With India now a member of the Madrid Protocol, it is imperative for the Trademark Office to clear its backlog and speed up its digitisation drive. The office has recently taken several steps to improve its functioning - in particular, it has improved its web portal by introducing several new services for the benefit of brand owners and practitioners.