The registration process:
A trademark application is filed at the Department of Intellectual Property. Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants who wish to file register his marks need a local agent to file the application. A notarized Power of Attorney is necessary.
The application goes through formal and substantive examinations.
The average processing time from first filing to registration is around 12-18 months.
Period to Oppose
Any third party affected by the application of the trademark may file an opposition against the application within 60 days from the publication date of the application.The mark is published within 60 days from the application.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the application date and renewable for periods of 10 years. Should the trademark registrant fails to file the renewal within the prescribed period, he is still given a 6-month grace period to renew the mark.
Requirement of use
It is not mandatory but it is strongly recommended in order to prevent others from filing a cancellation due to non-use. If the mark has not been in use for three consecutive years, any interested arty may petition for cancellation due to non-use.