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Monday, July 12, 2010


In a further step to achieve complete transparency in the Trade Marks Registry, Office of the Controller General of Patents, Design and Trade Marks, India has made available to the public complete details of pending Trade Mark Applications, Registered Trade Marks including the Prosecution History, Examination Report, Copy of the Application, e-Register of Trade Marks, Copy of the Trade Mark Certificate, Opposition details etc. The details can be seen by logging on

Further, the Trade Mark Rules, 2002 have been amended and Trade Mark (Amended) Rules, 2010 have come into force with effect from May 20, 2010. The major change is amendment in Fourth Schedule of the Trade Mark Rules i.e. adoption of all 45 international classes. Earlier international classes 43, 44 and 45 were merged in class 42 in India, but from May 20, 2010 separate application has to be filed for services covered under International class 43, 44, 45. Another change in insertion of proviso to Rule 62(3), that provides for issuance of copy/ duplicate registration certificate without any additional cost, if the Registrar is satisfied on a claim of Registered Proprietor supported by evidence that registration certificate has not been received by him. But further proviso specifies that no such copy/ duplicate registration certificate shall be issued where such request is received after expiry of time limit for renewal or registration or restoration of the registered trade mark.

Delhi trade mark registry has also geared up for expediting the examination process and total time frame for registration and has directed for supplying user affidavit in support of user along with filing for fresh applications and also for pending applications that are yet to be examined.

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