Easy guide to register your trademark in Pakistan via IPO's online system. This guide is best useful for SMCs, entrepreneurs, and freelancers conducting business in Pakistan.
A bit about what is trademark.
A Trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and / or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods.IPO, Pakistan
Trade Marks Registry (TMR) is premier body of Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO-Pakistan) working for the registration of trade and services marks under the Trademarks Ordinance, 2001. It is a federal government body and its jurisdiction for trade and services marks lies within the geographical boundary of Pakistan. It works as a civil court and its decisions are appealable at the provincial high courts. The Trademarks Registry is headed by a Registrar and its office is located in Karachi and also Regional Office situated in Lahore.IPO, Pakistan
There are 2 steps involved to register trademark for SMCs, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and any organization who needs to register just additional trademarks without representatives.
Either you need one or multiple trademarks for multiple businesses, register at least one account with IPO. You can manage all of your trademark applications within your IPO account. Following are steps to register account with IPO or trademark registry system in Pakistan: –
Once you have your IPO account, login it from the same portal where you registered account.
There are multiple trademark related forms available on IPO account dashboard. To file a new trademark application, you need
TM 01 form. The current fee of TM 01 form is Rs. 3000 PKR only.
Following are the steps to file trademark TM 01 form for a new trademark registration: –
It takes at least 12 to 14 months to fully get your trademark registration certificate by IPO.
Following is the breakdown of major activities that are conducted in these months:
In 15 days of submission of trademark application, you will receive application acknowledgement. You can check acknowledgement from IPO account’s left-side menu Trademark >
In next 3 to 4 months, you will receive 1st trademark examination report. The assigned officer examines if your trademark belongs to right classification that you picked, formal examination is conducted, they contact you via email or phone and ask for additional details if required, similarity check is performed to ensure you’re not infringing anyone else copyright, trademark, or patent-based design or word, and examination report is prepared.
Based on your response in last stage, they take some internal actions such as checking your response, updating documents if needed, and clearing your application for next stage.
In next 2-6 months, legal requirements are fulfilled. It includes activities such as publication of trademark in TM eJournal to let other people know about it and if anyone have issue with our trademark, they can report it. 2 months are given to everyone to raise any opposition on your trademark. In case there is no opposition to your trademark, a demand notice is issued to you pay trademark fee for 10 years or as decided at that time.
In next 3 months, finally, trademark registration certificate is issued dependent upon clearance of demand notice fee, no opposition, no amendments to make, and everything is clear. Otherwise, depending upon any of these issues, it takes additional time.
Read this quick guide how a trademark can be misused.
Report your registered trademark or business trading name infringement on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and Youtube.) to hopefully get your right social handle.
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