Before selecting a trade mark it is always advisable to consuIt a Trade mark attorney and to conduct a trade mark search. A skilled trade mark attorney would be able to identify similar trademarks and accurately advise clients as to the possibility of registration of the trade mark.
After selecting the trade mark, a trade mark application is to be prepared in the prescribed form, along with the prescribed fees and filed at the Trade Marks Registry.
The Trade Mark application is then examined by the Trade Marks Registry and objections, if any, are stated in an examination report issued by the Registry. A Trade Mark Attorney is well equipped to prepare suitable replies and Affidavits in order to meet the objections raised by the examiner.
Where there are no objections or if the Trade Mark Registry is satisfied that the objections have been duly met the trade mark is advertised in the Trade Mark Journal and any aggrieved third parties may oppose the registration of the pending trade marks.
Thereafter, if there is no opposition or the opposition is dismissed the trade mark application proceeds towards registration. A registered trademark is protected for a period of 10 years and must be renewed every 10 years thereafter.