What is a Trademark Renewal?
A trademark registration is valid for ten years and after that, it needs a renewal. Don’t worry if you forget to set an alarm for it you will receive a prior notice at the registered office regarding the renewal of your trademark. Usually, in loads of work, most of the times companies forget to renew it so as to minimize that the registrar sends a notice 6 months before the expiration of the trademark.
After the notice, if you will still not respond then the registrar sends you a statement in which it mentions that your trademark would be removed from the trademark Journal if it’s not get renewed on time. No doubt it is a lengthy process and takes at least 6-12 months after the expiration of the trademark but still why to take any chance as the process after expiration involves a good amount of fees.
The Trademark Renewal can be done in two ways-
- You can apply renewal to change any sign or words in the already existing trademark or
- You can apply otherwise without a change in trademark
The procedure is as follows-
An application of renewal is made in form TM-R
The application can be filed by either registered owner of the trademark or an agent authorized by him
It is advisable if you take the help of any professional to file for renewal of a trademark so that your trademark is well protected.
Filing a renewal application for trademark gives your trademark wings for another 10 years without any disturbance and again you must renew your trademark again before expiry.
After filing the trademark renewal application, it is very important to check the status of your application periodically until it is processed by the registrar.
The Trademark Journal is an official gazette of the Trademark registry which governs the application status whether it is accepted or not if accepted then advertised in the Trademark Journal.