NEW DELHI: New trademark rules with simplified processes, fewer forms and online filing will come into effect next week, substantially improving the ease of doing business on this front. The amended rules, which the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is expected to notify on March 6, will cut the number of trademark application forms to eight from 74 and scrap several redundant and obsolete provisions.
To encourage online filing of applications, a 10% fee concession will be offered. For individuals, startups and small enterprises, the government will provide discounted application fees and expedited processing. "Email has been made an essential part of the address for service towards our aim to digitise processes and go paperless," a senior official said. The number of adjournments that can be sought in opposition proceedings has been restricted to two by each party to help dispose matters speedily. Alongside, the option of conducting hearings through video conferencing has been introduced.