The following can be registered as trademarks, on condition that are distinctive and capable of distinguish designates goods and services from those of other owners: letters, words, names, signatures, labels, devices, tickets, shapes, colours, or any combination of these elements.
After filing, the application is subject both formal and substantial examination.
If it appears to the Registrant that the requirements for registration are not met, the Registrar shall inform the applicant and give him an opportunity to make representations or to amend the application.
If the applicant fails to satisfy the registrar that those requirements are met, or to amend the application so as to meet them, or fails to respond before the end of the prescribed period, the Registrar shall refuse to accept the application.
Trademark applications accepted by the examiner are published and any interested party may oppose the registration.
A registered trademark may be assigned. The assignment may also be partial, that is, limited so as to apply in relation to some but not all of the goods or services for which the trademark is registered. The assignment deed must be made in writing.
A registered trademark may be licensed. A licence to use a registered trademark may be general or limited and is not effective unless it is in writing. A licence may be “exclusive” or “not exclusive”.
The term of duration of a trademark is 10 years from the initial filing date and can be renewed indefinitely, each time for ten years.
A trademark may be revoked if in the absence of valid reasons the owner of the registered mark has not started using it within a period of five years from the completion of the registration process or if the use of the mark was suspended for an uninterrupted period of five years.