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06-28-2017 (Newsletter Issue 12/17)
India
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Guidelines for Filing Well-Known TM Applications


The new Trade Mark Rules, 2017, empowered the Registry to declare a mark as well-known if any applicant or proprietor is interested. On May 22, 2017, the Office of the Controller General of Patent, Designs and Trademarks released a checklist for filing a well-known trademark.

In case the mark is determined as well-known, the same will be notified in the Trade Marks Journal and included in the list of well-known trademarks made available on the official website.

Before determining a trademark as well-known, the Registrar may invite objections from the general public to be filed within thirty days from the date of invitation of such objection.

Nonetheless, the Registrar may, at any time remove the trademark from the list of well-known marks after giving an opportunity of hearing to the concerned party if it is found that a trademark has been erroneously or inadvertently included in the said list.

For further information on the checklist, please click here

Source: S. S. Rana & Co., India