How do I register a trademark in Pakistan?
For the owners of a company or service in Pakistan, it is necessary to guarantee intellectual property rights by registering the trademark. Raza & Associates offers its customers the best brand trademark registration services. Most people don’t know how trademark registration works.
It is necessary to know the importance of a brand for companies and how this right can be protected. Those who are new to the industry and want to register their products for a brand so that people can recognize them as a single brand, as Raza & Associates, are the best solution to meet your needs.
Raza & Associates have highly qualified lawyers direct all key areas of brand registration to start-ups. For all startups that are currently working, make sure that brand registration is not neglected. Raza & Associates consultants are experts in the registration of brands, brand logos and are happy to answer questions from all customers.
Advantages of trademark registration / logo registration in Pakistan
- Owner exclusive rights to the brand
- Build trust and goodwill
- Distinguishes product
- Product quality recognition
- Creation of an asset
- Use of the ® symbol
- Uniqueness in identity
- Protection from violations
- Increased monetary value
- Brand control and consistency
- Protection for 10 years
Who can apply for trademark registration in Pakistan?
The owner, partner, owner, trust, company or company is entitled to register the trademark in various aspects. This is recommended to new proposed registration companies to register for a trademark before registering companies in Pakistan. According to TM-48, the lawyer or proxy is granted power of attorney by the applicant in accordance with the 2004 trademark rules.
Some important searches before registering your trademark application
While this is not a milestone or mandatory, good companies always do a background search before filing a trademark application. It is optional, but advisable to search for the appropriate trademark before applying for trademark registration. This search has two main advantages.
The proposed brand will be checked for an identical or similar brand from another company. It will open up ideas for a unique brand that bears the least resemblance to another company’s brand.
If two companies choose the same or a similar brand, the IPO grants registration to the first party using that brand. In this case, the other company may violate the trademark law of the first company and is liable for an appeal under the law.
The company with a registered trademark can initially sue any other company with a similar or identical trademark. Therefore, this brand search is a test to check whether a brand is expressly intended for adaptation or if there is a risk of violating another company’s right.
Trademark application filed via classification
The application for a trademark is made for a certain class or classes of goods or services. There are 45 classes that a brand’s products or services can fall into. Classified as goods from grades 1 to 34 and grades 35-45 refer to services. This classification is subject to the 2001 Trade Mark Regulation, which incorporates the Nice Classification (NCL) of goods and services, which is set out in the Nice Agreement (1957).
The 2001 Trademark Ordinance recognizes that one or more colors are also part of a trademark registration. According to the law, the registration can include a limitation of the color without it or a combination of colors. If a trademark is registered with one color, it is generally also binding for all other colors. Every application with a restriction of the colors follows the same protocol as the applications without a restriction of the color (s).
A complete guide to trademark registration in Pakistan
The applicant (who represents a company / brand) applies for a trademark search by filling in the “TM form 55” with the required trademark. The TMR office searches for it to check whether a similar brand already exists or not. It is supposed to check the originality of a brand.
If no similar brand is found, the application moves on to the next level.
If a similar trademark is registered, the applicant has asked to assign another trademark for the search by filling out a new form. This brand search is not mandatory, but optional. However, the TMR office strongly recommends avoiding disputes between companies over similar brands in the future.
If the search does not produce a similar result for the proposed trademark, the applicant ideally fills out an application form called TM Form 1 or TM Form 2 (whichever applies to him) for registration. A company’s goods and services fall into different classes, which are set out in the 2001 Trademark Ordinance. At this point, the application must include the following documents.
The prescribed application form (TM form 1 or TM form 2)
A total of eight copies of the proposed trademark, which can be a word, symbol, logo, features, image, etc.
A complete list of the goods or services represented by the brand
Proof of payment on behalf of the respective administrator, who is Director General IPO Pakistan
After submitting all of these documents, a confirmation report will be sent to the applicant. It does not take longer than 15 days from the submission date. He informed the audit report within three months of submitting the application.
If the application objects to the content or the proposed trademark, the registration office will send a notification of the reason for the exhibition. The response period is two months. Until then, the objections have to be clarified or the application for registration has to be canceled.
If there are no objections to the registration, the trademark can be published in the monthly digital journal published by the IPO (it can be viewed online on the IPO website).
This digital journal is freely accessible to the public. Anyone can view the proposed brands for which registration has been requested.
In the event of an objection from a party or company, the IPO takes action by completing Form TM-5 or TM-8, whichever applies to it. These forms are intended to request examination of the trademark application.
The applicant requested to submit his defense against the item by completing forms TM-6 or TM-9 (whichever is applicable).
If no objection is raised within two months after publication of the trademark in the online journal, the application for trademark registration will be accepted. The applicant requested payment of the trademark registration fee and completion of the TM form 11 in order to receive the trademark registration certificate.
Once the applicant completes payment, a trademark registration certificate will be issued. The brand has to be renewed every ten years. The applicant must fill in the TM form 12 together with the renewal fee.
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