Secure your TM with a timely Reply to the examination report
Trademark application passes from several stages, where Examination by Registry is a crucial stage. An officer would examine the application and check for any errors or correctness of the application confirming to the Trade Marks Act and its Rules.
Upon review, an examination report is issued with the comments of the examiner. If there is no conflict of rules or other trademarks, it is passed to publication in Journal. However, in the case of confliction, the examiner raises an objection and alerts the applicant/ attorney to submit his/her reply as to why the application should be passed to next stage. Failure to reply may abandon the application which compels the applicant to file a reply to the examination report issued by the Registry.
When the examiner raises some objections regarding the registrability of your trademark it is said to be objected. To overcome the objections, a written response needs to be filed with the Trade Mark Registry. If the Examiner is not convinced with the written response, a hearing is scheduled for allowing arguments to be put forth in person.