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

Published On: Jan 12, 2023Last Updated: Jan 16, 20238.3 min read

Mumbai is the financial capital of India. With a booming economy, Mumbai has long been a place that is filled with different businesses. Trademark registration lets you protect your brand’s name, logo, symbol, or a combination of all of them. As you interact with consumers, you build goodwill amongst them. No business wants that goodwill to be taken advantage of by its competitors.

If you do not have a trademark, consumers cannot properly differentiate your products or services from that of your competitors. And if your trademark is not registered, you might have to change your symbol or slogan in the future if somebody else registers a similar trademark; this can lead to you losing a lot of your consumers. Because of all these reasons going for trademark registration in Mumbai is extremely necessary. In this article, we will explain everything that you need to know about trademark registration in Mumbai.

Reasons why you should go for Trademark Registration in Mumbai

Trademarks are not mandatory to be registered, however every business is recommended to register their trademark to be able to effectively protect their brand. In a city like Mumbai where there is a lot of competition, protecting your brand is a necessity for any business. Here are the benefits you get if you go for trademark registration in Mumbai:

  • Firstly, once you register your trademark, you are the only one who has the right to use it. This means that you can stop anyone else from using the same trademark. Moreover, you can also stop people from using a trademark that is very similar to yours and can lead to confusion.
  • Secondly, as the exclusive user of the trademark, you can get into assignment contracts. Via an assignment contract, you grant someone else permission to use your trademark in return for money or royalty. Hence, a Trademark becomes an additional asset for your company
  • Finally, all registered trademarks get access to easy legal redressal mechanisms. Courts in India generally try and protect the interests of registered trademark holders.  

Eligibility for Trademark Registration in Mumbai

Any individual or organisation can apply for trademark registration in Mumbai. This includes foreign nationals as well as non-profit organisations. To register a trademark, it should be something that you can represent graphically, i.e. can be drawn, and it should be used for commercial purposes, i.e. be used for selling your goods or services.

Process of Trademark Registration in Mumbai

The Trademark registration process is quite vast and requires the help of legal experts. Legalwiz can help you finish the Trademark submission process within 4 days.

In brief, the entire process has the following steps.

Preliminary steps:

  • First, you have to pick the apt Trademark class for registration of your goods or services.
  • 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.
  • 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.

After Submission:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Final Step:

  • 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.

Every Trademark is valid for 10 years, after that you have to renew them. You can renew a trademark infinite times.

Pro Tip: You can only use the R (®) symbol for a registered Trademark. However, you can use the TM (™) symbol for any unregistered trademark.

How to check Trademark Class

The first step for applying for any trademark application is picking the correct trademark class. You can also apply for trademark registration under multiple classes. There are 45 trademark classes under which you can register a trademark. You are only granted protection within your class. For example, if you register a trademark under the class for fashion apparel, no other business can use or register a similar Trademark for fashion apparel or related items. However, someone in a completely different class, such as for pharmaceutical products, will be able to register and use a trademark similar to yours . Hence registering under the right class or classes is very important.

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 Mumbai

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)

Documents Required for Trademark Registration

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

  • 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. The Trademark you’re registering decides whether you need this. Your Trademark Attorney will ask for it before application submission.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can Trademark your own name if you use it for commercial purposes. Especially if it is a unique name. If your name is a generic name, even after trademarking it, you will generally not be able to stop others from also using the name for their business.

No. They are two different types of Intellectual rights. You can copyright artistic works like drawings scripts, stories, movies etc. You can Trademark symbols, logos, brand names etc that are used by brands as a part of their brand identity. Copyright protections lasts for maximum 65 years. Trademark protection can last forever.

Yes. Every Trademark is valid for a period of 10, after which they expire if you don’t file for trademark renewal within 6 months.

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