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Sri Lanka (LK)

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The legal basis of intellectual property protection in Sri Lanka is the Intellectual Property Act No. 36 of 2003.
Sri Lanka is not a member of the Madrid Agreement or Protocol.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. Protection is afforded to well known marks in Sri Lanka under certain conditions.
Nice classification, 9th edition
A mark may consist of a word, a symbol, a device, letters, numerals, a name, surname or geographical name, a combination or arrangement of colors and shapes of goods or containers etc. The visible sign must always be capable of distinguishing the goods or services of different enterprises (it must be distinctive).
There is no express provision in the Act providing for the registration of pure sound marks (audible only) and pure smell marks.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks, collective marks and certification marks.
The application is filed at the National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka (NIPO).
Multiple-class applications are not possible.
Foreign applicants do not need a local agent. A postal address for service is sufficient.
Where the application is filed through an agent, it shall be accompanied by a power of attorney granted to such agent by the applicant. In practice, the National Intellectual Property Office will not accept an application for registration from a foreign entity without an appointment of agent form.
Foreign applicants do not need a registration in the home country of the foreign applicant.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior similar marks
The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 8 years (dependent on the class).
Before registration, the trademark is published in a Government Gazette.
National:
The opposition period is 3 months from the date of publication of the application in the Government Gazette.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the filing date of the application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months after the expiration date of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used for a period of 5 years prior to an application being made to a Court for an order directing the removal of the trademark from the register of trademarks on the grounds of non-use, any person can apply to Court for such an order of removal of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official trademark application fee is SLR 3,360. The publication fee depends on the size the advertisement; SLR 2,500 to SLR 6,500. The registration fee is SLR 1,120.

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Word Mark Search (availability) 330,00 € 280,00 € 
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Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

Country Survey
06-28-2013
John Wilson Partners, Colombo, Sri Lanka

06-15-2011
John Wilson Partners, Colombo, Sri Lanka



National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka (NIPO)
3rd Floor, "Samagam Medura"
400, D. R. Wijewardena Mawatha
Colombo 10.

Tel +94 011 268 9368
Fax +94 011 268 9367
Mail nipos@sltnet.lk
www.nipo.gov.lk