Once the application is filed and where all formalities are in order, the application will be examined. Once examined, the TMO will either issue an examination report citing.

  1. Procedural objection – where there are errors like not filing a POA, goods/service not falling under the applied class etc.
  2. Substantive objections – objection put forth in the light of Absolute (Section 9) and Relative grounds (Section 11) of refusal. These have been elaborately dealt with, under marks not registrable.

Where there are objections, an appropriate response has to be submitted within one month of receipt of the examination report.

If there are no objections, then the mark shall be ordered to be advertised before acceptance (ABA) or accepted and advertised (AAA).

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