1. Identify class of goods/services
Goods and services are appropriately classified from classes 1 to 45 under the NICE Classification of Goods and Services.”. If the applicant deals in a wide range of goods or service, it will be necessary to file applications in more than one class.
2. Self search for possible conflict
It is recommended that you first conduct a search of the existing trademarks in the record maintained by WIPO as the application fees for trademark registration are not refundable.
3. Application filing
The goods and services listed in the application must conform to the NICE International Classification of Goods and Services.
4. Application checking for completeness and compliance
If there is any ground for objection, the Registry will notify the applicant about the corrections required along with a specified period of time granted to overcome the objection. A trademark application number and date of application filing will be provided upon the date of filing.
5. Examination for conflicts with existing trademarks
The registrar conducts a formal search for conflicting marks, geographical names, and conformance to the international classification of goods and services. The trademark registration application will be rejected if there are any objection in the above research. If the applicant wants to pursue it further, the applicant will have to amend the trademark or goods/services claimed for and submit a new application.
6. Examination for conflicts with law
The application will be examined to determine whether the mark is registrable in accordance with the relevant countries’ Trademark Laws and does not fall into the areas not allowed by the law.
7. Advertisement for public scrutiny
The application will be published for opposition purposes in the Trade Marks Journal upon completion of examination. Any interested party may oppose the registration of the mark within a period of two months after publication. If the trademarks office receives an objection from an opponent, the applicant must respond with a counter statement to resolve the objection.
8. Successful registration
If all the objections were resolved in favour of the applicant, the trademark will be registered and a registration certificate will be issued to the applicant.