TM registry to hike costs for trademark registration

After the recent hike in patent fees, on August 1, 2013, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry through the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has published a draft of the amendments to the Trademark Rules 2002.

Please see the gazette notification here

This draft notifies essentially two things as given below:

  1. Fee for trademark application——————-Existing Fee 3500 INR—————Proposed Fee 4000 INR
  2. Fee for expedited trademark examination—-Existing Fee 17500 INR————–Proposed  Fee 20,000 INR

Although the expedited examination is supposed to place your application before the examiner anywhere between 7 days to 3 months, this has not been effective as it should due to shortage of staff in TM registry.

We hope these conditions will also improve.