The Trade Mark Rules underwent a significant transformation in 2017, reducing the number of forms from approximately 74 to a streamlined 8. This overhaul aimed to simplify the procedural aspects of filing, registration, and other trademark-related processes. The 2017 rules replaced the previous ones from 2002, introducing e-filing as a key amendment. This technological enhancement was designed to offer businesses a more convenient and efficient model, aligning with contemporary practices and facilitating a smoother trademark application and registration experience.

Key Revisions in the New Trademark Rules of 2017

1. Fee Reduction for Startups and Small Enterprises:

Notable amendments include a reduction in fees tailored to benefit startups and small enterprises, fostering a more accessible trademark registration process for these entities.

2. Streamlining of Forms:

The complexity of the process has been significantly reduced by streamlining the number of forms from 74 to a more efficient and manageable 8, enhancing the overall simplicity of trademark-related procedures.

3. Introduction of E-Filing:

Embracing technological advancements, the new rules incorporate e-filing, a progressive addition designed to bring efficiency and convenience to the trademark application and registration process.

4. Filing Fee Adjustment:

It's important to note that as part of these changes, there has been an adjustment in the filing fee. This modification reflects the evolving landscape of trademark procedures and ensures a more sustainable framework for the involved processes.

Forms under First Schedule of Trade Mark Rules 2017

  1. TM A

The TM-A form is specifically designed for the comprehensive application for trademark registration. It encompasses not only individual trademarks but also collective marks, certification marks, and series marks. This form is applicable for specifying goods and services falling within one or multiple classes, providing a versatile and inclusive avenue for trademark registration.


Amount to pe paid (Physical Filing)

Amount to be paid (E-Filing)

Individual/Startup/Small Enterprise

Rs. 5000


Other cases

Rs. 10000


This form is intended for the registration of trademarks under Section 18, collective marks under Section 63, certification marks under Section 71, and series marks under Section 15.

  1. TM O

The TM-O form serves the purpose of providing notice of opposition to registration under various sections, including Section 21, 64, 66, or 73. Additionally, it is utilized for applications related to the rectification of the register under Section 47-57, 68, 77, or under specific rules like 99, 103, 135, 140. It also covers applications under Section 25 of the Geographical Indication of Goods (Regulations and Protection) Act, 1999.

It's crucial to note that the applicable fee pertains to each opposed class or counterstatement filed along with the application under TM-O. The specified amount must accompany the TM-O application for it to be considered complete.

Physical Filing


Rs. 3000


  1. TM R

The TM-R form is employed by trademark owners seeking to renew, restore, or make surcharge payments for the renewal of their registered trademarks. This form is utilized in processes such as the renewal of trademark registration under Section 25, renewal with surcharge under Section 25(3), and the combined process of restoration and renewal with surcharge under Sections 25(3) and 25(4). Importantly, these renewal and restoration actions are executed separately for each class of the registered trademark.

Purpose (for each class)

Amount to be paid for Physical filing

Amount to be paid for the E-filing

Renewal of Trademark



Renewal with Surcharge of Trademark

Rs. 5000 + Renewal fee

Rs. 4500 + Renewal Fee

Renewal with surcharge/restoration and renewal of trademark

Rs. 10000 + Renewal Fee

Rs. 90000 + Renewal fee

  1. TM P

This form is utilized for submitting applications to register a subsequent proprietor in the event of an assignment or transfer, as outlined in Section 45 of the Trademark Act 1999. It serves a versatile range of purposes, encompassing the registration of a new subsequent proprietor in the official register, recording alterations made post-registration, and facilitating adjustments or dissolution of a trademark association.

Applicants making such requests are required to adhere to the following structured format as part of the application process:


Amount need to be Paid for Physical Filing

Amount need to be paid for the E-Filing

To register a Subsequent Proprietor in case of assignment or transfer of trademark



Application made under Section 40(2), 41, 42, 59(1),60



Application made Under section 43, 58 or for extension of time under Section 42 or Section 46(4).

Rs. 2000


Application made under Section 16(5) or for the change in address or address for service or cancellation of an entry under Section 58.

Rs. 1000

Rs. 900

  1. TM U

The TM-U application is submitted by a registered user seeking registration under Section 49, cancellation or variation under Section 50, or intervention in proceedings related to the variation or cancellation of entries under Rule 95(2). This comprehensive application process enables registered users to formally engage with various aspects of their registered user status, ensuring compliance with the stipulations outlined in the relevant legal provisions.

Amount to be paid for physical Filing

Amount to be paid for the E-Filing

Rs. 5000


  1. TM C –

This form is used, when any applicant request for the search and issue of certificate under Rule 22(1) and Rule 22(3)

Request Under -

Amount need to be paid for Physical Filing

Amount need to be paid for the E-Filing

Rule 22(1)

Rs. 10000


Rule 22(3)

Physical filing is not allowed

Rs. 30,000

The certificate issued under this only conveys information about whether any similar work has been registered or not.

  1. TM M

The form particularly used when the applicant make any application for -

  • any correction or amendment in the trademark application
  • for the extension of time,
  • Request for certified copy, Duplicate registration
  • Inspection of Documents
  • Seeking grounds of decision of registrar

For this kind of application the amount needed to be paid are as follows –

  • For Physical filing – Rs. 1000
  • For E-Filing – Rs. 900


Amount need to be paid for physical filing

Amount to be paid for E-Filing

For Deposition under Section 66 or for alteration under Section 74 (2) or Preliminary advice or for division of an application

Rs. 2000

Rs. 1800

For Review or petition of Registrars decision or any other matters not covered under other TM forms



For an expedited certificate or certified copies under rule 122

Rs. 5000

Rs. 4500

Application under rule 34 for expedited process (Individual/Startup/Small Enterprise or any other cases)

Not allowed for anyone

Rs.20000 (Individual/Startup/Small enterprise)

Rs. 40000 (any other cases)

For requesting to include the trademark in the well-known trademark list

Not allowed


For each document, class and mark the fee is applicable in all cases.

  1. TM G –

The TM-G form is employed when an entity seeks to register itself as a trademark agent, requests continuation as a trademark agent, applies for the restoration of its name, or requests any alterations. This form facilitates various actions related to the status and activities of trademark agents, ensuring a streamlined process for registration, continuation, restoration, or modifications as required.


Amount need to be paid for physical filing

Amount to be paid for E-Filing

For the registration as trademark agent



For Continuation as the trademark agent



For the restoration of the name

Rs.5000 + Continuation fee mentioned in entry no. 20

Rs.4500 + Continuation fee mentioned in entry no.20

For alteration




The trademark registration process stands out from other intellectual properties, demanding diverse strategies at distinct stages. Preceding the enforcement of the 2017 rules, a complex landscape existed with around 74 specified forms that applicants needed to navigate. However, the 2017 rules ushered in a more efficient era by significantly cutting down the number of forms to just 8. This simplification aimed to enhance the overall ease of the trademark registration process. Notably, the amendments also embraced modernization through the introduction of E-filing mechanisms and adjustments in fee structures.

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