New trademark rules with simplified processes, fewer forms and online filing will come into effect next week, substantially improving the ease of doing business on this front. It increases online filing and cut down the number of adjournments in opposition proceedings.

General Information-

  • The amended rules, which the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is expected to notify on March 6, will cut the number of trademark application forms to eight from 74 and scrap several redundant and obsolete provisions.
  • Email has been made an essential part of the address for service towards our aim to digitize processes and go paperless.
  • The number of adjournments that can be sought in opposition proceedings has been restricted to two by each party to help dispose matters speedily. Alongside, the option of conducting hearings through video conferencing has been introduced.
  • The DIPP will now maintain a list of well-known trademarks.
  • Data from the commerce & industry ministry show that trademarks filings in India increased by about 10% over the past two years. This has been made possible due to a significant increase in our manpower and better use of the IT infrastructure – both were a huge challenge for us before.       
  1. A trademark may be located on apackage, alabel, a voucher, or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity, trademarks are often displayed on company buildings.

             Some trademarks related news-

  • Michael Jordan wins part of his name back in China trademark suit.
  • LVMH-owned Sephora sues local firm for trademark infringement.
  • Twitter to trademark the word ‘subtweet’.
  • 385 Indian applications for trademark registration FY16.
  • McDonald’s wins EU ‘MacCoffee’ trademark dispute.
  • Chocolate Wars: Nestle loses bid to KitKat shape.
  • No one can claim trademark right on Holy Books: Supreme Court.
  1. Trademark Rules: Trademark rules are the rules and regulation which govern the trademark, registration of trademark, and many other things related to trademark. EXAMPLE: Coca-Cola can’t trademark new bottle, EU court rules.
  2. Ease of Doing Business: Ease of doing business is an index published by the World Bank. It is an aggregate figure that includes different parameters which define the ease of doing business in a country.
  3. Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion:
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  • Centre asks departments to ensure timely promotion of employees.
  • Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion proposes composite caps for foreign investment.
  • Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion pitches for sunset clause to terminate all BIPPAs.
  • FDI inflows to hit all-time high this fiscal: Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
  • Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion planning draft note on FDI policy for defence sector.

Trademark Application-Fees:

To encourage online filing of applications, a 10% fee concession will be offered. For individuals, startups and small enterprises, the government will provide discounted application fees and expedited processing.

Conclusion:

Trademark Rules are amended and new trademark rules are more fluid then earlier. Trademark rules are amended to motivate individuals, startups, and small enterprises.