India Trademark Registration Guide



With a population of over 1 billion, India is one of the world largests democracy. The Indian economy presents a diverse mixture of the traditional and modern, encompassing a wide range of industries from farming, agriculture, handicrafts, manufacturing, business process outsourcing to IT.



Overview of our services in India:

Trademark Registration and Prosecution

Trademark Search and Watch

Opposition and cancellation actions

Trademark Renewal


IP Authority

Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM)

Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB)


Main Trade Mark Legislation

Trade Marks Act, 1999

Trade Marks Rules, 2002

Geographical Indications (No. 48), Act, 1999

Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection), Rules, 2002 



Paris Convention

TRIPS Agreement

Nairobi Treaty


 Multi-Class Application



Series Mark Application



Approx. Time Frame of a Straightforward Application

At least 24 months.


Opposition Period

3 months from the publication date.


Filing Requirements

Applicant’s name

Applicant’s address

Country of incorporation

Specimen of mark

Specification of goods / services

Power of Attorney.


Registrable unconventional trademarks

3-Dimensional mark

Colour mark

Sound mark

Smell mark

Movement mark


Term of Registration

10 years from the date of registration.


Non-Use Period for Cancellation

5 years


Renewal Term

10 years from the renewal date of the registration.


Border Enforcement by Customs Official



All information provided by LJ Vernus in this document is provided as a source of general information. While efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this document, it should not be treated as the basis for formulating formal decisions without professional advice.