Understanding Trademark Filing in Sri Lanka
An application for registration of trademark in Sri Lanka is to be filed with the National Intellectual Property Organization, Sri Lanka in the prescribed form alongwith payment of requisite fees.
Further details regarding filing of trademark applications can be accessed on the Trademark Registry’s Website, Sri Lanka at the following link: http://www.nipo.gov.lk/marks.htm
Requirements for Filing a Trademark Application in Sri Lanka
Who Can File a Trademark Application in Sri Lanka?
Any person who claims to be the proprietor of the trademark can file an application for its mark in respect of desired goods/services. The trademark application is required to be filed at the Trademark Office, Colombo.
After filing the trademark application, the same is examined by the Trademarks Registry, Dhaka so as to ascertain its inherent registrability and/or any similarity with existing marks. If any objection is raised, an official examination report will be issued by Trademarks Registry. To overcome the objection, it is necessary to file a response to examination report along with the supporting documents showing the marks as used.
If, following examination, the trademark application is considered allowable, acceptance order is issued, and thereafter the trademark is published in the Trademarks Journal. If there are no oppositions filed within 3 months from the date of advertisement in the Trademarks Journal, then the trademark registration certificate is issued.
Trademark registration is a long process and it takes around 48- 60 months (depending on the backlog at the trade marks office) to obtain registration in case no opposition has been filed by a third party.
Duration of registration:
Once a trademark is registered in Sri Lanka, it is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of application. The trademark registration can then be renewed for a further period of 10 years from the date of expiration of registration or of the last renewal of the registration.
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