The TMO has now reportedly opened the door until December 31, 2015 for the reinstatement of trademark registrations which have expired in the years 2013 to 2015. According to the statutory provisions, the protection period is 10 years from filing date. However, the purpose of this present exemption is to address the considerable backlog of work that the TMO is currently dealing with which comes as a result of the ongoing unrest in the country leading to an increased load vis-à-vis the present level of resources. With this new arrangement, the TMO is obviously trying to stream-line the flow of work in the best possible way although it is still not clear if the end of December deadline is final or will be extended any further.

Frequently Asked Questions about Trademark Renewal


Required documents

POA, legalized

Grace period

6 months

Time frame to complete renewal process

6 to 8 months

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