After filling a trademark application, it goes through multiple stages. Therefore, 'Marked for exam' status in Trademark is the second level for Trademark Registration in India.
In other words, 'Marked for exam' indicates that the application is under examination of the Trademark Officer.
The officer will examine and verify that the application complies with the Trademarks Act.
After that, the officer will decide whether it can state in the Trademarks Journal. However, the officer examines it under the following criteria:
There is no need for action by the applicant when the request is 'marked for examination'. The applicant must wait for the report.
The response usually takes 1-3 months. So, you can expect the status to change in this time period.
Once the examination is complete, the trademark officer generates the report. This report indicates whether the application is 'objected to' or 'accepted'. However, they attach a search report in case of any objections.
Timeline for the entire process of Trademark Application
The registration of trademarks is a comprehensive process taking 18-24 months, without objections or objections in a straightforward case. However, the application number issues within one or two days after applying.
Using the ® symbol
You can use the ® (Registered symbol) once the trademark registers and registration certificate issues. Please note that the falsified claim that the trademark is registered is a crime with a fine.
Represent your mark with the TM letter to show you are claiming rights over your trademark until you obtain the registration.
The next status after "marked for exam" will be either
This examination report will state the objection or acceptance of the application. The examiner produces a consolidated Examination Report, mentioning the objections or accepting the request after "marked for exam" status in trademark.
The examination report takes about 12 to 18 months under the current circumstances in the Trademark Registry. An Examination Report, which lists contradictory marks, attaches to a computer-created "Search Report." Within one month after receiving the Examination Report, the applicant or authorised agent shall respond to the examiner objection.
Registry for Trademarks makes the examination report and upload it on the official website, in the online record of the trademark’s registry. Therefore, check the Examination Report regularly, so that the appropriate response to the objections raised files immediately.