Trademark Renewal means to extend the term period of trademark registration by filing TM-12 with the prescribed fee. We renew the trademark from time to time for an unlimited period. Trade Mark renewal term is for 10 years. Trademark can be renewed in India for an unlimited period, provided renewal fees are being paid on a timely basis.
Each Trademark renewal is valid for 10 years. If a person fails to renew the trademark, the mark becomes liable to remove. Therefore, renewal from time to time is very important, especially when a portfolio of Trademarks needs to be managed. There could be serious irreparable repercussions if one fails to meet the timeline.
Therefore, Trademark renewal is the core part of Trademark Management because Trademark is a graphical presentation. The identity of the business needs to be protected from infringement. Trademark Renewal requests can be filed within six months before the expiry of registration or renewal.
Even before the expiry of the last registration of a trademark, the Registrar shall send the notice as a reminder to the registered trademark owner regarding expiration and the conditions as to the payment of fees and, if the registration has not been obtained as per the prescribed conditions, then the Registrar may remove the Trade Mark from the Trade Mark register.
But, don’t worry, Trademark renewal requests can also be filed within six months after the expiry of registration or renewal as the case may be in the prescribed manner along with late filing fees.
The eligibility criteria for Trademark renewal are as follows:
Trade Mark Renewal can be in two ways:
To file the renewal application of a registered trademark, the applicant, along with the renewal application form TM-12, must submit the following documents to the Registrar of Trademarks (RoT):
Following is the process of trademark renewal
There are two ways to submit an application for trademark renewal. The applicant can either visit the official premises of the concerned department or apply for Trademark renewal online at the official website. Both options are available to the applicant. The license renewal fee varies with the application mode.
As you can see that the online renewal application fee is cheaper, it is recommended to file your renewal application online. This is done so to take these registration processes online.
After ten years, if the trademark is not renewed, the person still has the option of trademark restoration. The restoration is similar to the renewal process, but the applicant has to pay an additional fine for crossing the expiry date.
Suppose any person falsely represents that a trademark is registered for any goods or services. But in actuality, the trademark is not registered. In that case, he/she is punishable with imprisonment for a term that may extend to three years or with a fine, or both.
Any person who sells, lets for hire or exposes for sale, or hires or has in his possession for sale, good or things, or provides or hires services, to which any unauthorized trademark or false trade description is applied is punishable with imprisonment for a term of not less than six months and upto three years. A fine can also be levied to an amount of not less than rupees fifty thousand to a maximum of rupees two lakhs.
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Q1) What are the documents required for a trademark renewal application?
Required documents for renewal application are:
Q2) What is the trademark license renewal fee?
The Trademark renewal fee is different for offline and online mode:
Q3) What happens if an unregistered trademark applies for license renewal?
If a person falsely represents that a trademark is registered for any goods or services, but in
actuality, the trademark is not registered, then, in that case, he/she is punishable with
imprisonment for a term that may extend to three years or with a fine, or both.
Q4) What is the validity of a registered trademark?
The validity of a registered trademark is ten years from the date of issuance.
Q5) When should one apply for the Trademark renewal process?
Trademark Renewal requests can be filed within six months before the expiry of registration
or renewal. Even before the expiry of the last registration of a trademark, the Registrar shall send
the notice as a reminder to the registered trademark owner regarding expiration
.Q6) Which form is used for filing the trademark renewal application?
The form TM-12 must be filled and filed with the requisite documents to the Registrar of
Trademarks within six months of the trademark expiry.
Q7) What if the trademark registration license expires?
If a person fails to renew their trademark, the Registrar will issue an advertisement in the
Trademark Journal indicating the removal of the trademark. This will convey that the concerned
trademark is open to be registered by them. And the Registrar will then remove the trademark
from the Register.
Q8) Can one apply for Trademark renewal after the license expiry?
After ten years, if the trademark is not renewed, the person still has the option of trademark
restoration. The restoration is similar to the renewal process, but the applicant has to pay an
additional fine for crossing the expiry date.
Q9) What can be changed about a Trademark at the time of registration?
Except for the owner’s name and the associated goods and services, the trademark owner
can file for change or updation in the trademark details at the time of renewal.