Trademark registration is a type of intellectual property protection, under which a word or visual symbol used by a business to distinguish its goods or services from other similar goods or services originating from a different business can be protected. To register a trademark, a trademark application must be filed by the applicant with the relevant Trade Mark Registrar in the prescribed format. Once a trademark application is filed, the Trade Marks Registrar would process the application and provide registration under the Trade Mark Act. On registration of a trademark, the R symbol can be used along with the trademark and the registration is valid for a period of 10 years. During registration, in case of infringement of trademark, a suit can be filed to prevent misuse of the mark.
Trademark renewal must be filed before expiry of the mark. The trademark renewal application form must be prepared and filed before deadline to enjoy seamless protection of the trademark without any chances of litigation.
Process of Trademark Renewal
The Trademark Renewal can be done in two ways like;
- You can apply the renewal of your Trademark to change any sign or word in the existing one.
- Or, you can also apply for the Trademark Renewal without any change into it.
Benefits of Trademark Renewal in India
- Protection from Frivolous Litigation
It is possible to have a seamless trademark protection without any chances of litigation. Renewal of trademarks makes impossible for someone to claim rights over it other than the trademark owner.
- Extension of Ownership Rights
One can avail protection from infringement of rights over the brand name. The exclusive rights over the trademark are extended for 10 years after each renewal. Hence it provides a permanent protection of your brand and goodwill created by the brand.
- Brand Name Security
Renewal of trademark promises continuous and unhindered protection of the brand name. Failure of renewal leads to a lapse of legal protection in Brand name.
- Monetary Returns
A trademark owner has the exclusive rights to assign or license the mark to someone else in return of some monetary compensation. Thus, one can make a profit from a registered trademark as well.
Documents Required for Trademark Renewal
Here is the list of the necessary documents for renewal, as follows:
- A copy of the Registration Certificate.
- Power of Attorney of the Applicant.
- An Id and Address Proof of the Applicant.
- Copy of the TM-A.