How to protect a trademark in Pakistan?
Remedies available for protection of trademarks in Pakistan are:
Civil Action- The competent Courts can be moved for grant of relief of injunction against infringement and/or passing off.
Criminal Proceedings- Criminal complaints can also be filed against persons who have infringed the trademark in Pakistan in addition to a civil action.
Administrative Remedies- Notice of opposition can be filed against trademark applications published in the Trademarks Journal in Pakistan. Proceedings can be initiated for rectification/cancellation of registered trademarks before the Registrar of Trademarks.
Border Measures- The Pakistan Customs Act 1969 confers power on the Central Government to prohibit importation or exportation of goods. In exercise of the powers conferred by that section, the Central Government has prohibited the import of the goods that have applied a false trade- mark or a false trade description. The Trade Marks Ordinance provides that the proprietor or a licensee of a registered trademark may give notice in writing to the Collector of Customs to prohibit the importation of any goods if the import of the said goods constitutes infringement under the Ordinance.