At the same time, the application fees to register a trade mark in one class has gone up from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,500. The revision takes effect from 29 December 2010. (Image from here.)
The notification in the Gazette of India confirming the free search and the revised application fees appeared on 29 December 2010, which you can read here. The Controller General issued a follow-up public notice to the same earlier today, which you can read here.
According to this notice, anyone can now access the search facility at the IPO website at zero cost. Also, TM applications made on or after 29 December 2010 will need to be made with the revised fees of Rs 3,500. Any extra/revised payments will need to be made before 30 January 2011, according to this notice.
SpicyIP would like to thank its readers Karthik Murthy and Chetan Chadha, for keeping us on the ball with this news. Karthik also gleefully informs us that “the free search is on:-) “.
I just checked out the search engine platform, which you can too, here, and the interface has changed slightly from what it used to be previously, when accessed with a code. It’s cleaner, and AND/OR options have been introduced, opening up a variety of search options to users. It would be great to receive feedback from those who’ve actually tried the engine on how it works.
Equally, it will be interesting to hear feedback from users about the revised application fees, whether it affects business (at all?), and so on. I personally believe that while the percentage increase in fees is substantial (40 %), the fees being charged by the Indian TM Registry is relatively low in comparison with many other jurisdictions.
In any event, the Trademarks Registry, the Intellectual Property Offices and the Controller General deserve a standing ovation for pushing these amendments through, and delivering on their promises in record time. We hope this is only a teaser, and is a sign of improvements to come!