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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a trademark, and why is it important to register it in Pakistan?

A trademark is a sign or symbol that distinguishes the goods or services of one business from those of others. It can be a word, logo, slogan, or a combination of these elements. Registering a trademark provides legal protection and exclusive rights to the owner, preventing others from using a similar mark for similar goods or services. It helps build brand recognition, trust, and value in the market.

Who can apply for a trademark in Pakistan?

Any individual, partnership, or legal entity, including companies, can apply for a trademark in Pakistan. Both local and foreign entities can seek trademark protection in the country.

How long does the trademark registration process take in Pakistan?

The trademark registration process in Pakistan typically takes around 8 to 10 months, depending on the complexity of the application and any potential oppositions or delays.

How long is the trademark registration valid in Pakistan?

In Pakistan, a trademark registration is initially valid for ten years from the filing date of the application. It can be renewed indefinitely for successive periods of ten years each.

What are the grounds for trademark registration refusal in Pakistan?

The trademark office may refuse registration if the proposed mark is:

  • Devoid of distinctive character
  • Descriptive of the goods or services
  • Likely to deceive the public or cause confusion
  • Against public policy or morality
  • Identical or similar to an earlier trademark for similar goods/services
  • Identical or similar to a well-known trademark
  • In conflict with earlier rights of another person
  • Prohibited under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950
Can I register a trademark that contains a geographic name?

Generally, the use of geographic names in trademarks can be restricted, especially if the name is likely to cause confusion or deceive the public regarding the origin of the goods or services. However, some exceptions might apply in specific cases.

How can I monitor my trademark after registration?

It's essential to monitor your registered trademark regularly to ensure that no one is infringing on your rights. You can engage trademark watch services or periodically search official databases and the market to identify potential infringements.

Remember that this information is based on the state of the law as of September 2021. To get the most up-to-date information and guidance on trademark registration in Pakistan, it's recommended to consult with a legal professional or visit the official website of the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan.