Pending List for Trademark Registration
As on 31st March, 2012, the Trademarks Registry has;
(i) 2,38,944 applications pending at the examination stage
(ii) 2,74,963 applications pending at the objection stage
(iii) 1,35,874 applications pending at the opposition stage
- Registration of Trade Marks is a quasi judicial process which tends to be time consuming as it involves a number of steps, inter alia, examination of application, show cause hearings and completion of opposition proceedings. In addition, backlog has also arisen because of approximately 100% increase in the applications filed since 2001-02 and due to lack of adequate manpower Registration agencies have been requested to hasten the recruitment process in order to fill up the vacant posts in the Trade Marks Registry. Other steps such as introduction of free search facilities and digitization of records, streamlining of office procedure have been taken with a view to improve efficiency and transparency and thereby hasten the process of registration.
- This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.