In Pakistan the legal basis is the
Trademark Law “Trade Marks Ordinance No. XIX” of 2001. Trademark
protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired
by sufficient public recognition.
A trademark application has to be filed
before the Trademarks Registry by a local agent. A notarized power
of attorney is necessary. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic
The application process
includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness
and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 2-3 years
from first filing to registration. Before registration the trademark
application is published in the monthly “Trademarks Journal”. The
opposition period is 2 months from publication date of the application.
A trademark registration
in Pakistan is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date.
The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one
country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at
the local trademark office.
Duly note, if the trademark
has not been used within 5 years from issue of the registration
certificate or has not been used later for a continuous period of
5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.