Trademark Renewal & Watch
Trademark Renewal
The registration of a trademarks shall be for a period of 10 years. After this period an application for renewal can be made to the Registrar on the prescribed manner and on the payment of the prescribed fees and the trademark can be renewed for a further period of 10 years. 

At the prescribed time, before the expiration of the registration, the Registrar shall send a notice to the proprietor the date of expiration and fees for renewal. If the proprietor fails to renew within the expiration time, the Registrar may remove the trademark from the register.

It is pertinent to note that an extension period for renewal has been provided in case the proprietor fails to do it within the expiration date. Within 6 months from the expiration date of the renewal period, on payment of prescribed fee and surcharge, and in the prescribed form, the Registrar shall not remove the mark and shall renew for a period of 10 years.

Even after six months and within one year from the expiration of the last registration of the trade mark, on receipt of an application in the prescribed form and on payment of the prescribed fee, if satisfied that it is just, restore the trade mark to the register and renew the registration of the trade mark for a period of ten years from the expiration of the last registration.

Trademark Watch
It is generally not easy for the trademark examiner to carefully compare the applicant’s mark with all other trademarks with precision. In fact, the conflict in the trademarks may also be different for us and the trademark examiner. A trademark examiner has to use his judgement while comparing millions of marks and being a human he may commit an error occasionally.

Such an error may prove costly to us. Therefore, to protect the proprietor of a registered trademark services called trademark watch and trademark monitoring have emerged. It is easier to oppose a trademark while registration is pending rather than cancelling the completed registration. Trademark watch helps the proprietors of the trademark to compare the new applications with theirs. Some trademark watch services provide the database of trademarks of the countries all over the world.

The trademark watch service gives us a notice when a new application is filed, when an application is published for designs, words, etc.

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