MODERNISATION OF TRADE MARKS REGISTRY MAKES RAPID PROGRESS
Date : 26 Mar 2003
Location : New Delhi
As part of the major project for modernisation and upgradation of the intellectual property framework in India, the Trade Marks Registry in the country is being modernised at a rapid pace with the basic objective of eliminating the backlog of pending applications. During the visit of Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Law & Justice, to the Trade Marks Registry (TMR) in Mumbai recently, it was indicated that the backlog of unexamined trade mark applications has been reduced from 5 or 6 years to less than a year now and will be fully liquidated by September 2003. Further, by 31st March, 2003, zero pendency will be attained by the Trade Marks Registry in respect of issuance of the first examination report. Renewal of Trade Marks Certificates is being done instantly in clear cases, while online registration of applications in all the regional offices and the headquarters started from October 2002.
Action Plan for 2003-04 includes registration of trade marks in clear cases within one year from receipt of applications as against 5 to 7 years taken earlier; renewal of registered trade marks within a week of the receipt of application for renewal as against 2 to 3 years taken earlier; ensuring no backlog at any stage except that of contested cases; expediting disposal of contested cases; and completion of the modernisation of branch offices at Kolkata and Chennai under the modernisation project initiated in the 9th Plan. As part of decentralisation of the operations, examination of applications will begin at branch offices with effect from April 2003 and renewal of registered trade marks at branch offices by the end of the first quarter of 2003. Substantial progress will also be made towards complete automation of Trade Marks Registry functioning.
Government undertook modernisation of intellectual property framework in India as a strategic response to the emerging challenges posed by globalisation and the increasing relevance and importance of intellectual property in a knowledge-based development environment. This has included modernisation of the infrastructure of Patent Offices, Trade Marks Registry etc., besides legislative changes in the relevant IPR laws. The TMR administers the Trade and Merchandise Marks Act (1958) and the Head Office the TMR is at Kolkata.