How Long Does It Take to Register A Trademark?

The answer to the question of how long it takes to register a trademark shows why you’ll want to get started as soon as possible. Every case differs, depending on any number of issues – whether you file “in use” or “intent to use,” whether any oppositions arise, whether the government gazette needs to issue any Office Actions regarding your application, and so on – but in general, you’ll want to budget a year (at a bare minimum) to get your application approved and be assured of the benefits of trademark protection.

Before we move on, though, a quick note on the importance of when you initiate the process – how to file your trademark application. Regardless of when your trademark is actually approved – when the process ends – upon approval, you’re entitled to protection retroactive to the initial date of filing. That’s an important part of establishing priority of usage if any disputes should arise during or after your trademark application period. Let’s take a look at some of the steps that comprise that time frame below for easy reference.


The total application processing time may be anywhere from 6 months to a year, or even longer. Most applications are processed completely in slightly less than one year. Overall processing time depends on your basis for filing and any legal issues that arise in the examination process.

3 days

1. Trademark Search

Before filing a trademark application, it is advisable conducting a search at Registrar Office to ensure that there are no marks identical to, or closely resembling your mark, filed or registered by others for similar goods or services. After the search report had done the trademark agent who will be able to advice on the availability and registrability of the mark.

6-10 months

2. Trademark Application and Acceptance (Approval)

This varies depending on Country and which Classes you are registering your trademark. In general, the entire process takes between 6-10 months. However, if there are any objections or complications, the time taken may be longer.

3 months

3. Publication & Registration

The registered trademark will be published in the government gazette in due course. If there is NO opposition from any third party within 3-months of the publication period, the subject trademark will be officially registered by issuance of Registration Certificates from the Trademark Registry.


4. Issuance of Registration Certificate

The trademark will be valid for 10 years from the date of filing. Renewal can be made on every 10 years basis

Interested in trademark registration?

In order to take advantage of the benefits of registering a trademark, we recommend engaging an experienced professional to help you. YL CHEE Advisory Sdn Bhd is a firm of intellectual property agency who offer a variety of trademark registration services. We’d be happy to discuss your trademark application with you today, so please contact us.

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