There are couple of changes in Trade Mark Registration made effective from 29th December 2010 by the Government of India (Office of the Controller General, Patents, Designs and Trade Marks) through a Public Notice dated 13.01.2011.
a) Search Option (both normal and expedite) has been withdrawn with effective from 29th Dec 2010. Hence, no more concept of obtaining a report from the Department for searching the availability of the brand name / logo. However, they have enabled the online search option for free. It means online search option is possible and it is free.
b) The fee for submitting the Trade Mark application for registration has been increased from the current Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,500.
Publice Notice issued by the Government in this regard it attached herewith.