Changes in Indian trademark law

india-flagThe Controller of Patents, Designs and Trademarks in India published a draft regarding some amendments in the Indian trademark law.  Some of the most interesting and important changes which are proposed are as follow:

  • The proposal suggests 100% increase of almost all fees related to trademark registration in India. Additional 10% extra will be payable in case of paper filing.
  • Affidavits for real use of the filed trademark will be mandatory.
  • The Registrar will have the right to decide whether a trademark is well-known or not and to maintain a list with such kind of marks as well as to remove some of them in case of errors in the process of proving their status.
  • According to the proposal sound marks will be proper for registration in India in the future.

More information can be found here.