Trademark Rules, 2017 Notified: Forms Reduced From 74 To 8, Fee Increased
- The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on Monday notified the Trademark Rules, 2017.
- The Rules bring about two major developments- they slash the number of trademark application forms from 74 to 8, and hike the fee for trademark application
- Features of the revamped Rules are as follows:
1. Number of Trade Mark (TM) Forms have been reduced from 74 to 8.
2. Based on stakeholders feedback, the fees for Individuals, Start-ups and Small Enterprises have been reduced from that proposed in the draft Rules – i.e. only Rs 4,500 as against Rs 8,000 for e-filing of TM applications proposed at the draft stage.
3. Number of adjournments in opposition proceedings has been restricted to a maximum of two by each party, which will help dispose off matters in time.
4. To promote e-filing of TM applications, the fee for online filing has been kept at 10% lower than that for physical filing.
5. The provisions relating to expedited processing of an application for registration of a trade mark have been extended right upto registration stage (hitherto, it was only upto examination stage).
6. Over all fees have been rationalized by reducing the number of entries in Schedule I from 88 to just 23.
7. Modalities for service of documents from applicants to the Registry and vice-versa through electronic means have been introduced to expedite the process; e-mail has been made an essential part of address for service to be provided by the applicant or any party to the proceedings so that the office communication may be sent through email.
8. Hearing through video conferencing has been introduced.
9. Procedures relating to registration as Registered User of trademarks have also been simplified.
10. Modalities for determination of well-known trademarks have been laid out for the first time.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which department has notified about the fee increase in Trademark Rules, 2017?
- The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).