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.
TRADEMARK REGISTRATION PROCESS
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.
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.