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Process involved in the
Trademark Registration Process in India


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Trademark Registration

₹ 1969

/ + Govt Fees



Legal Protection

Brand Recognition


Market Differentiation


Exclusive Rights


Consumer Trust


Trademark Search:

Conduct a thorough search to ensure that the proposed trademark is unique and does not conflict with existing trademarks.

Filing the Trademark Application:

Submit an application to the relevant trademark office, providing detailed information about the mark, its use, and the goods or services it represents.

Examination and Approval:

The trademark office reviews the application to ensure it meets all requirements and does not conflict with existing trademarks; if approved, the mark is published for opposition.

Registration and Maintenance:

Upon successful completion of the examination process and resolution of any opposition, the trademark is officially registered, and periodic maintenance filings are required to keep the registration valid.

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Word Marks

These are trademarks that consist of words or letters, such as brand names or product names.

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Distinctive sounds associated with a brand or product.

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Design Marks

These include logos, symbols, or other visual elements that represent a brand.

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In some cases, specific colors associated with a brand can be registered as trademarks.

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Short, memorable phrases associated with a brand.

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Unique shapes of products or packaging, that are distinctive and associated with a specific brand.

Note: It's important to note that not all names, logos, or symbols can be registered as trademarks. To be eligible for trademark registration, the mark must be distinctive, not generic or merely descriptive. Additionally, it should not cause confusion with existing trademarks. Before seeking trademark registration, it's advisable to conduct a thorough search to ensure that the proposed mark is not already in use or registered by another party. The specific requirements for trademark registration may vary by country, as trademarks are typically registered on a national or regional basis.

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What is a trademark?

A trademark is a distinctive symbol, word, or design that sets apart one company's goods or services from those of others. It serves as a powerful identifier, creating a unique brand identity that resonates with consumers. Essentially, a trademark is a badge of origin, signifying the source of a product or service and establishing a connection between the brand and its audience. It goes beyond just a logo or name; it encapsulates the reputation, quality, and values associated with a business.

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What are the advantages of obtaining a Trademark?

1.    Establishing a trademark helps in building a unique identity for your products or services, making them easily recognizable among consumers.
2.    A registered trademark provides legal protection against unauthorized use of your brand, preventing competitors from using similar marks that could confuse customers.
3.    Trademarks set your business apart in a crowded market, allowing customers to distinguish your products or services from those of competitors.
4.    Consumers often associate trademarks with quality. A registered trademark can enhance your brand's reputation, fostering trust and credibility among customers.
5.    A trademark can become a valuable business asset over time. It can appreciate in value as your brand gains recognition and loyalty.
6.    Trademarks can be registered internationally, providing protection for your brand in multiple countries and helping to secure your market presence on a global scale.
7.    Trademark registration grants exclusive rights to use the mark in connection with the goods or services it represents, giving you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
8.    A strong trademark simplifies the process of expanding your product or service line, as consumers are more likely to try new offerings from a brand they already trust.
9.    Trademarks can open up additional revenue streams through licensing agreements, allowing other businesses to use your brand under specified conditions.
10.    With a registered trademark, you have a legal basis to take action against those who infringe on your brand, helping to protect your market share and customer base.

Who can apply for a Trademark?

Anyone with a unique idea, brand, or product can apply for a trademark. Whether you're an individual entrepreneur, a burgeoning startup, or an established business entity, the trademark application process is open to all seeking to protect their distinctive symbols, names, or designs. This inclusive accessibility ensures that innovators across various industries can safeguard their creations and establish a distinct identity in the market. 

What are the different types of applicants for trademark registration?

Applicants are classified for trademark registration as follows:

  1. Individual Business Owner

  2. Start-ups

  3. Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

  4. Proprietorship

  5. Partnership Firm (PF)

  6. Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

  7. Private Limited Company (Pvt. Ltd. Company)

  8. Hindu Undivided Family (HUF)

  9. Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs)

Documents Required for Individual or Sole Proprietor/ Proprietor

If an Indian national or a foreign national want to register a trademark in their name as a sole proprietor, proprietorship firm, or individual, they must have the following documents:

  • A copy of your logo or trademark (optional) should be in JPG or PNG format and can be 1:1 ratio in colour or black & white. If a logo is not provided, the trademark may also be registered using a word mark.

  • Form TM-48: The applicant authorises a trademark agent or attorney to file the trademark application on their behalf by providing this form. The form must be signed by the applicant.

  • Identification documentation for the company's proprietor or owner.

  • Proof of the firm owner's or proprietor's address.

  • Description of products or services under a trademark.

  • Email address and mobile number of the sole proprietor

Documents required for Company/ Partnership firm or limited liability Partnership (LLP) - MSMEs

The applicant must present an Udhyog Aadhaar registration certificate and, for startups, a certificate issued by DPIIT in order to be eligible as a small firm. Additionally required for trademark registration are the following documents:

  • A replica of the trademark or logo (if applicable): The logo should be in PNG or JPEG format, and it should have a 1:1 ratio and be either colourful or black and white. The word mark may be utilised for the application in place of the logo if one is not provided.

  • Form TM-48: The applicant grants a trademark agent or attorney authority to file the trademark application on their behalf by completing Form TM-48. The applicant needs to sign the form.

  • The Startup Recognition certificate or Udyog Aadhaar Registration certificate issued by DPIIT.

  • A certificate of incorporation of a company, an LLP incorporation certificate, or a partnership deed.

  • Evidence of identity for the organization's authorised signatory.

  • Provide proof of the organization's authorised signatory.

Documents required for Trust/ Society/ Statutory Body/ Others - MSMEs

The following documents are mandatory for Trademark Registration for small enterprises, along with a Udyog Aadhar registration certificate:

  • A copy of your logo or trademark (optional) should be in JPG or PNG format and can be 1:1 ratio in colour or black & white. If a logo is not provided, the trademark may also be registered using a word mark.

  • Form TM-48: The applicant authorises a trademark agent or attorney to file the trademark application on their behalf by providing this form. The form must be signed by the applicant.

  • The Startup Recognition certificate or Udyog Aadhaar Registration certificate issued by DPIIT.

  • A proof attesting to the organization's existence, like a registration certificate or trust deed.

  • Evidence of identity for the organization's authorised signatory.

  • Provide proof of the organization's authorised signatory.

•    Identify the need: Determine if your brand or product requires trademark protection.
Conduct a preliminary search: Check existing trademarks to ensure uniqueness.
Select a distinctive and memorable mark: Opt for a name, logo, or combination that sets your brand apart.
Define your products or services: Clearly specify the scope of your trademark registration.
Prepare necessary documents: Complete the required forms and provide detailed information about your mark.
Submit the application: File your trademark application with the relevant intellectual property office.
Review by the Trademark Office: The application undergoes examination to ensure compliance with regulations.
 Address any objections: Respond to queries or objections raised by the examining attorney.
Publication in the Official Gazette: The trademark is made public to allow third-party opposition.
Opposition period: Others may challenge your trademark during a specified timeframe.
Approval and issuance: If there are no objections or successful challenges, you receive a registration certificate.
Protection begins: Your trademark is officially protected, and you gain exclusive rights to use it.
Regular monitoring: Keep an eye on potential infringements and take necessary actions.
Renewal: Renew your trademark registration as required to maintain protection.

Who benefits from a trademark?

The Registered Proprietor of a trademark can create establish and protect the goodwill of his products or services, he can stop other traders from unlawfully using his trademark, sue for damages and secure destruction of infringing goods and or labels.
The Government earns revenue as a fee for registration and protection of registration of trademarks
The Legal professionals render services to the entrepreneurs regarding selection registration and protection of trademarks and get remunerations for the same

The Purchaser and ultimately Consumers of goods and services get options to choose the best.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How to select a good trademark?

A: If it is a word it should be easy to speak, spell and remember. The best trademarks are invented words or coined words or unique geometrical designs.
Please avoid selection of a geographical name, common personal name or surname. No one can have monopoly right on it.
Avoid adopting laudatory word or words that describe the quality of goods (such as best, perfect, super etc.)


It is advisable to conduct a market survey to ascertain if same/similar mark is used in market.

Q: What is the function of a trademark?

A: Under modern business condition a trademark performs four functions

  • It identifies the goods / or services and its origin.

  • It guarantees its unchanged quality

  • It advertises the goods/services

  • It creates an image for the goods/ services.

Q: What are the benefits of registering a trademark?

A: The registration of a trademark confers upon the owner the exclusive right to the use the trademark in relation to the goods or services in respect of which the mark is registered and to indicate so by using the symbol (R), and seek the relief of infringement in appropriate courts in the country. The exclusive right is however subject to any conditions entered on the register such as limitation of area of use etc. Also, where two or more persons have registered identical or nearly similar marks due to special circumstances, such exclusive right does not operate against each other.

Q: Can a registered trademark be removed from the register?

A: It can be removed on application to the Registrar on prescribed form on the ground that the mark is wrongly remaining on the register. The Registrar also can suo moto issue Notice for removal of a registered trademark?

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