8 March 2017
INDIA: Accelerated Trademarking Process Cuts Paperwork While Increasing Fees
The number of application forms required to register a trademark in India has been slashed from 74 to just eight, as the government looks to streamline this once notoriously lengthy process. In accompanying measures, all of the relevant documents can now be submitted online, while all required communications can be conducted via email. In order to incentivise applicants to use the new system, there is 10% discount on the standard fees for all applications made online.
In additional moves to accelerate the process, video conference hearings are now to be permitted as part of any opposition proceedings, while the maximum number of adjournments in such cases is to be restricted to two per party. The fee for trademark applications has also been increased, rising from INR 4,000 (US$60) to INR 10,000, although individuals, start-ups and small enterprises qualify for a 50% discount.