Trademark Registration in Bangalore– Process, Cost, and Documents Required

Published On: Jan 11, 2023Last Updated: Jan 12, 20237.5 min read

Trademark, also popularly called Brand logo, is an intellectual property right that lets a brand create its own identity. You can generally Trademark a symbol, a word or a slogan. Nowadays you can also Trademark unique colours and smells, although they are quite difficult to Trademark. Trademark registration is essential for any business that wants to protect its brand. Going for Trademark registration in Bangalore or Bangaluru for your brand is very important as Bangalore is full of various different kinds of businesses. To stand out amongst the crowd of businesses as well as to be able to protect your brand, you must go for Trademark Registration. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about Trademark registration in Bangalore.

Benefits of Trademark Registration in Bangalore

Bangalore is commonly known as the Start-up hub of India. The capital city of Karnataka has experienced an IT boom in the last few years and has since become the home for most start-ups in India. Trademark Registration helps you protect your brand from any infringement as well as helps your products and services become identifiable for consumers. Here are some more benefits of Trademark Registration in Bangalore:

  • Firstly, you get the exclusive right to use your Trademark. This grants your brand distinctiveness and lets you protect your brand as you get to stop others from using your Trademark. If anyone else uses your Trademark or a Trademark that is very similar to yours, you can easily take legal action against them.
  • Secondly, It is an additional asset that you can sell and get into transactions for. This increases the value of your brand.
  • Thirdly, it is also useful if you want to have a global presence. Once you have registered your Trademark in India, you can file for Trademark registration under the Madrid Protocol.

Process of Trademark Registration in Bangalore

The Trademark registration process is quite vast and requires the help of legal experts. To understand the Trademark Registration Process in detail, you should go through this article: Understanding Trademark & its Registration Process in India. In summary, it has the following steps.

  1. First, you have to pick the apt Trademark class for registration of your goods or services.
  2. Secondly, you need to check if anyone else has already registered a similar Trademark. To check, you have to use the IP India Trademark website.
  3. Thirdly, you have to fill out and submit a Trademark application, either at the Trademark Registry or online on the IP India website. You can start using the TM symbol next to your Trademark after successful submission. LegalWiz.in can complete steps 1-3 within as little as 4 days.
  4. The fourth step is for the Registrar to examine your Trademark and evaluate if it’s appropriate for Trademark Registration. They will either raise objections or approve the Trademark. In case of objections, you need a Trademark Attorney to file replies. You can also choose to not submit any reply and abandon the application.
  5. Once approved, the Trademark is published in Trademark Journal. Any person who feels that this Trademark is similar to their Trademark is required to file an opposition within 3 months from publication. If you receive opposition, once again you need a Trademark Attorney to file replies to it. The Trademark registry will evaluate your replies with the other party’s statements and decide if you can register your Trademark. You can also abandon the application at this point by not filing any replies.
  6. Finally, you will receive your registration certificate if there was no opposition or if the Trademark registry found your replies to the opposition to be satisfactory. After this, you can use the ® symbol next to your Trademark.

You can own a Trademark forever. However, every Trademark needs to be renewed every 10 years.

Pro-tip: You cannot use the R (®) symbol until your trademark is fully registered. However, once you have submitted your trademark application, you can start using the TM (™) symbol.

How to check Trademark Class

For filing a Trademark application, figuring out which Trademark class is right for you is very important. There are 45  different classes under which you can register your Trademark. Your Trademark for your good and services are only granted protection under the registered class. For example, if you register your trademark under the class for pharmaceutical products, you cannot bar someone from using a similar trademark for absolutely unrelated goods and services, for example for fashion apparel. 

Use Our Trademark Class Search Tool:

How to check TM Application Status

Following are the steps to check the status of the TM Application: 

  1. Go to IP India online website, 
  2. Select Trade Mark Application/Registered Mark from the left-hand side menu,
  3. Select National/IRDI Number, 
  4. After that, enter your Trademark Application Number, enter the captcha, and click on View Button
  5. Now you should be able to see your Trademark Application Status. There will also be an alert showing the next steps.

Fees & Cost for Trademark Registration in Bangalore

Trademark Registration carries two types of costs:

  1. Government Fees:  The one who is applying for Trademark Registration, their business structure decides their government fees. Government fees are INR 4,500 if the applicant is an individual or sole proprietor. For non-individual applicants, generally the fee is INR 9,000 (Exceptions exist for businesses with MSME or Startup India registration).  
  2. Professional Fees: This varies from service provider to service provider.

Here are LegalWiz.in’s Packages:

Business Package from INR. 6,499

  • Online TM Application under 1 class
  • Trademark Search Report
  • Authorisation Letter (GPA)
  • Stamp Duty on Authorisation Letter
  • Suggestion for selection of class for Application
  • Final Application Filing using Registered Attorney
  • Filing of Applications for Individuals or Start-Ups or Small Companies

Executive Package from INR. 8,199

  • Online TM Application under 1 class
  • Trademark Search Report
  • Authorisation Letter (GPA)
  • Stamp Duty on Authorisation Letter
  • Suggestion for selection of class for Application
  • Final Application Filing using Registered Attorney
  • Filing of Application for Individual or Start-Ups or MSME
  • MSME Certificate

Premium Package from INR.10,999

  • Online TM Application under 1 class
  • Trademark Search Report
  • Authorisation Letter (GPA)
  • Stamp Duty on Authorisation Letter
  • Suggestion for selection of class for Application
  • Final Application Filing using Registered Attorney
  • Filing of Applications for other categories of Applicants (LLPs, Pvt Ltd, Public Ltd, OPC, etc)

Necessary Documents for Trademark Registration

You need to provide the following documents for Trademark Registration in Bangalore:

  • Proof of Applicant: This includes documents such as PAN, Address Proof of applicant, and Certificate of Registration/Incorporation in case of applicants other than individuals. 
  • Brand Name/ Logo/ Slogan: You have to provide the details of the Trademark that you’re trying to register.
  • Proof of TM Use: Documentary proof such as invoices, registration certificates, etc. with the brand name/Logo. 
  • MSME/ Start-up India Certificate: This works as proof of business. Additionally, partnership firms and body corporates (other than an individual) can avail 50% rebate on Government fees if they provide their MSME OR Start-up India registration certificate.
  • Power of Attorney: You have to file TM-48. It is a legal document that allows a Trademark attorney to file the Trademark on your behalf with the Trademark registry.
  • Board Resolution: Additionally, for private limited or public limited companies, it is mandatory to provide a board resolution from all the directors that allowed the company to apply for a Trademark. Private limited and public companies can only apply for a Trademark after receiving the approval.
  • User Affidavit: Moreover, for claiming specific user data, you have to submit a user affidavit. This depends on the Trademark being registered. Your Trademark Attorney will ask for it before application submission.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Any individual or organisation can apply for a Trademark. The Trademark should be distinctive and be used for commercial purposes, such as a logo for products and services, etc.

Trademark registration is not mandatory. However, every brand is suggested to go for Trademark registration to protect their brand and their goodwill.

Yes. Several steps of the Trademark registration process require an attorney. For example, you need a Trademark Attorney to file replies even in case of typos noticed by the Registrar of Trademarks.

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