Trademark Registration Progress Explained
At Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property Attorneys, Pretoria, we know how important it is to keep clients updated regarding the trademark registration progress. As such our clients never have to wonder about their trademark registration progress.
As part of our commitment to keeping our clients informed, we also ensure that the clients receive adequate information to ensure that nothing from their side will hinder the trademark registration progress.
In this instance, it is important that clients provide us with the required information and documentation to expedite the trademark registration progress.
Documents & Information Required To Ensure Adequate Trademark Registration Progress
- Details of the applicant or applicants including full contact information, name of business, and articles of incorporation where relevant.
- List of products and services to which the trademark will be applied.
- Proposed trademarks, and in case of device marks, also the prints.
- Power of Attorney to act on behalf of the client.
In general, one can expect the trademark registration progress to take any up to 36 months. As such one will want to use the mark and may do so during the period. It should be noted that the trademark protection is not enforceable until after registration is completed. One may file an infringement lawsuit and obtain compensation for damages for the period once registration is completed.
If there are objections to the registration of a trademark, it can hinder the trademark registration progress.
We thus do a complete trademark search to assess that there are no registered or pending trademarks in the same class which are infringed by registering or using of the trademark proposed by the client.
Trademarks are valid for a period of ten years from date of application and can be renewed.
View our section on trademarks where we explain the trademark registration progress in more detail and contact us today to help you register a trademark in South Africa and abroad.