We provide trademark search and analysis services for clients seeking to protect their trademarks in Pakistan. All our trademark search reports are accompanied by an opinion that analyzes the possibility of registering the client’s trademark. Our systematic trademark search methodology and expertise in trademark law enable us to provide value-added Trademark search and analysis reports.
We provide specialized advisory services on trademark registration, searches, cancellations, oppositions, revocations and prosecution, and draft trademark-licensing agreements and assignments to meet our client’s global requirements.
Through the TMR (Trademark Registry), Pakistan’s IPO (Intellectual Property Organisation) has taken necessary measures to improve the availability of trademark services in Pakistan and expand the scope of the IPO’s regional operational services at Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. In whatever business you operate, it is crucial to understand the importance of trademark registration and how to safeguard this legal right.
Newcomers to the field and those who have just launched a small business in Pakistan can easily register their trademarks.
Step 1: Trademark Search
The applicant searches for trademarks in this phase and confirms that the trademark they wished to register is uncommon. You can write a trademark online from anywhere in Pakistan using one of the various trademark searches and brand registration experts available. The applicant must complete paperwork with TM 55 and provide information about the required trademark. The next step after applying is for TMR officers to check for trademark availability.
Step 2: Filling out the Application
When the search is conducted, the applicant completes the Registration Application Form (TM Form 1 or TM Form 2), and no identical Trademarks are discovered. Classes, which can be seen in more detail here, are divisions of the categories of goods and services for which a trademark may be applied. The following items must be included in the application: – Prescribed Application Form (TM Form 1 or TM Form 2),
– 8 copies of a trademark’s precise replication, including 3D features, words, symbols, and logos,
– A list of the products and services for which a trademark is desired;
– Paying to the appropriate administrator, typically the Director General of the Pakistani IPO.
Step 3: Evaluation of formalities
The trademark registrar will examine the application’s details to ensure accuracy.
The applicant gets an acknowledgement report within 15 days of receiving the application. Within three months of the application’s submission, the applicant is also notified about the application via an examination report. An objection to the trademark is reported to the applicant via a Show Cause notice. The request will be accepted if the applicant answers within two months and addresses all objections.
The trademark is published in a monthly digital Journal accessible on the IPO website if there are no complaints. The magazine is open to the public, and anyone can look at the trademarks that have registered applications.
Suppose a party is concerned about a trademark published in the journal. In that case, they can ask the IPO to take action by submitting Form TM-5 or Form TM-8, depending on the situation, to request the start of an investigation.
Filling out Forms TM-6 or TM-9 (depending on the situation) is how an applicant can submit their defence against an objection notice.
The applicant’s request for trademark registration is accepted if no objections are voiced within two months following the journal publication, and they are given instructions via a Demand – Notice to pay the registration money and submit TM Form 11 to obtain a registration certificate.
The registration certificate will be issued once the applicant pays the dedicated fee for the same.
Every ten years, the applicant must renew the trademark. Renewal of trademarks is accomplished by completing TM Form 12 and paying the required cost.