(1) For the purpose of this Chapter, unless the context otherwise requires,—
(a) ‘Article’ means article referred to in Madrid Protocol;
(b) “electronic form” shall have the meaning as is assigned to it in clause (r) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(2) Words and expressions used in these rules, in the context of international application or international registration under Chapter IVA of the Act, but not defined shall have the same meaning and respectively assigned to them in the Madrid Protocol or the Common Regulations.
An International Application or any communication relating thereto for transmission to International Bureau or any advice by way of notification of extension of protection to India resulting from the international registration shall be in English.
Any notice or communication relating to both an international application under section 36D and international registration where India has been designated, under section 36E, shall be issued by the Registrar only in electronic form, and any response thereto shall also be received likewise.
International application originating from India, or any communication relating thereto in accordance with the Common Regulations shall be filed electronically through the Trade Marks International Application System.
(1) Where an international application is filed under section 36D for transmission to the International Bureau, the Registrar shall certify the contents of the application in Form MM2(E) as provided by International Bureau subject to the payment of fees as specified in Entry Number 23 of the First Schedule.
(2) Where the international application complies with the requirements, the Registrar shall so certify in the international application indicating also the date on which the said international application was received; and shall forward the same to the International Bureau within two months from the date of receipt of the said application.
(3) Where the international application does not meet the requirements, the Registrar shall not forward it to the International Bureau, and shall require the applicant by notice to comply with the requirement as specified therein, and shall forward the International Application only after such compliance within the period specified in the notice.
A handling fee as specified in First Schedule shall be payable to the Registrar for certification and transmittal of international application to the International Bureau and such fee shall be paid in Indian rupees electronically along with the application.
(1) On receipt of advice from the International Bureau about an international registration designating India and notification about the extension of protection resulting from such international registration, the Registrar shall enter all the particulars thereof electronically in a record called the ‘Record of Particulars of International Registration’. Any change in the particulars as and when received from the International Bureau shall be entered in the said record.
(2) Any entry made in such record shall, to the extent that it applies to India as a designated contracting party, have the same effect as if it had been recorded by the Registrar in the Register of trademarks.
(1) The advice referred to in rule 68 shall be examined ordinarily within two months from the date of receipt of such advice.
(2) Where, the Registrar finds that the trademark which is the subject of an international registration designating India, cannot be protected, he shall, before the expiry of refusal period applicable under article 5 of the Madrid Protocol, notify to the International Bureau a provisional refusal of protection.
(3) Where there are no grounds for refusal to grant protection, the Registrar shall advertise the particulars concerning international registration under section 20 of the Act in a separate part of the trademarks Journal ordinarily within a period of six months from the date of receipt of advice.
(4) Where an opposition is filed under section 21 of the Act, the Registrar shall, notify that fact to the International Bureau as a provisional refusal based on the opposition in accordance with the Protocol and Common Regulation.
(5) The international registration, on receipt of an opposition thereto, shall be processed in accordance with the provisions contained in rules 42 to 51.
(6) Where the procedure mentioned under sub-rules (1) to (5) have been completed with and the Registrar has decided to confirm such refusal of protection of the trademark for all the goods or services for which the protection has been requested, the Registrar shall send to the International Bureau a statement to that effect.
(7) Where, the provisional refusal has been either totally or partially withdrawn, the Registrar shall send to the International Bureau
(a) a statement to the effect that the provisional refusal is withdrawn and the protection of the trademark is granted for all the goods or services for which the protection has been requested; or
(b) a statement indicating conditions or limitations subject to which, and the goods or services in respect of which the protection is granted.
(8) Where there is no ground to refuse protection, the Registrar shall notify the International Bureau to the effect that protection is granted to the trademark in India.
(9) Where there is further decision affecting the protection of trademark in India, the Registrar shall send further statement to the International Bureau to that effect.
Where the protection resulting from an international registration has ceased to have effect, or varied, in India, as a result of legal proceedings under the Act, the Registrar shall notify the International Bureau accordingly.
Where an international registration is cancelled at the request of office of origin, the provisions of article 9 quinquies of the Protocol shall apply to such international registration in so far as it designates India.
Where an international registration designating India is in respect of a collective trademark or a certification trademark, the regulations governing the use of such collective trademark or certification trademark shall be submitted directly, by the holder of that international registration to the registrar within the period of one month from the date of advice by the International Bureau.
Where an international registration is deemed to replace the registration held in India under sub-section (6) of section 36E of the Act, the registrar shall, upon request of the holder of international registration take note of the international registration and make necessary entry in the Register maintained under sub-section(1) of section 6 of the Act. Thereafter, the Registrar shall notify the International Bureau accordingly under rule 21 of the Common Regulations.
Subject to provisions of the Act, the provisions of the Madrid Protocol, Common Regulations and Administrative Instructions shall apply in relation to international applications originating from India and international registrations where India has been designated.