Trademark Filing in Pakistan
An application for registration of the trademark is to be filed with the Intellectual Property office, Karachi in the prescribed form with payment of requisite fees.
Further details regarding filing of trademark applications can be accessed on the Trademark Registry’s Website, Pakistan at the following link: Pakistan Trademark Registry
Requirements for Filing a Trademark Application in Pakistan
Who Can File a Trademark Application in Pakistan
Any person who claims to be the proprietor of the trademark can file an application for the registration of its mark in respect to goods/services. It should be filed at the trademark office, Karachi.
After filing the trademark application, the same is then examined by the Trademarks Registry, Pakistan as to 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 2 months or within such further period not exceeding 2 months in aggregate, 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 18-24 months to obtain registration in case no opposition is filed by a third party.
Period of Trademark Registration in Pakistan
Once a trademark is registered in Pakistan, it is valid for a period of ten years (10 years) from the date of application. The trademark registration can then be renewed for a further period of ten years (10 years) from the date of expiration of registration or of the last renewal of the registration.
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