Trademark Examination

Responding to Examination Report

A suitable reply to objections raised by the Registrar in the Examination Report (ER) issued by the Indian Trademark Registry must be filed within 1 month from the date of issuance of ER. Further, it is possible to request extension to file the response to ER.
It is important to reply to each and every objection raise by the Registrar.
Reply to objections must be precise and well-crafted to convince the Registrar in order to increase the chances of allowance of the trademark.

Attending Official Hearing

In most of the matter the Registrar appoint official hearing in order to provide an opportunity to applicant and/or agent of the applicant to put forward their arguments in respect of objections raised by the Registrar.
Usually, advance notice is given to applicant and/or agent of the applicant with the list of objections still pending.
Official hearings are conducted in-person or via video conferencing. In case of hearing appointed via video conferencing a web link is provided by the concerned Registrar.
After attending the hearing, it is important to submit written submissions elaborating arguments made during hearing and supportive submissions.
Written Submission must be submitted within 15 days from the date of hearing.