Within three days of submitting an application, you can use the TM symbol alongside your brand name. This will ensure that no other business can register the same or similar brand name.
The Intellectual Property department has an objection against most brand names. All you need is a lawyer to respond to this objection within 30 days.
Trademarks have a validity of 10 year Once this time is up, they need to be renewed. If you do not renew the trademark, the IP department will eventually strike it off the register.
Before transferring trademark rights to another party, an agreement must be signed and registered.
You can start using the copyright symbol even before you apply for registration, which will take up to 18 months to be approved.
Before you go ahead and apply for a patent, it is sensible to check if the patent has been granted to another person or entity. For this, a patent attorney would need to go through the entire patent database..
A patent isn’t easily approved, as it needs to be unique to any other creation, have commercial application and not be an obvious extension of an existing technology. A two-year process is normal.
Even before you’ve built your invention, you can apply for a patent, provided you are within 12 months of completing it.