Until a few years back, the Indian Trade Marks Office was confronting what some might describe as an insurmountable pendency. Due to inefficient mechanism prevalent then, the Trade Marks Office was facing an uphill battle. It was in this scenario that the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (CGPDTM) took charge and introduced the much welcomed initiatives to streamline as well as expedite the trade mark registration process. These ardent steps have gone a long way in tackling the backlog. Resultantly, we have witnessed remarkable speed in the registration of trade marks filed in the recent past, when at the same time the Trade Marks Office is also striving to counter the subsisting pendency. Case in point, the examination of trade mark application, which could earlier take up to several months, is now being undertaken within 10 days of filing the application.
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