We have just been advised that the Indian Trade Marks Act 1999 entered into force on 15 September 2003. The main changes to the law are as follows.

 

·         the introduction of service marks

·         definition of trade mark extended to include shapes, packaging and colour combinations

·         collective marks and series marks registerable

·         recognition of well known marks

·         the introduction of multi-class applications

·         alteration of renewal term to 10 years

At the moment, we do not have a copy of the implementing rules, or of the official fees under the new law. Further information will be posted on the website as and when it is received.