Trademark Registration in Nepal: Process of Registering a Trademark (2081)

Trademark Registration in Nepal is conducted by submitting an Application to the Department of Industry and takes 12-14 Months to be completely Processed. It has been governed by Patent, Design and Trademark Act, 1965 (2022) (“PDTA”). This articles covers the process of registration of local trademark in Nepal.

1. What is the legal ground for the registration of local trademark in Nepal?

A trademark does not get legal protection until the trademark is registered in the competent authority of Nepal. Person desiring to register the trademark should submit the registration application pursuant to Section 17 of PDTA.

2. What is the competent authority to register the local trademark?

Department of Industry (“DOI”) under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies of Government of Nepal (web-link: http://www.doind.gov.np/) registers and administers trademarks in Nepal.

3. What is the Trademark Registration Process in Nepal?

4. What are the Documents required for trademark registration in Nepal?

Following are the required documents for trademark registration in nepal that need to be submitted before DOI for registration:

S.N.DocumentsNo. of CopiesFormat Prescribed
1Application of Trademark Registration1 Set OriginalYes
2Certificate of Registration of the Proprietor1 CopyN/A
3Tax Registration Certificate of the Proprietor1 CopyN/A
4Label of Trademark4 CopiesYes (8*8c.m. in size)
5Power of Attorney1 OriginalN/A
6Industrial Registration Certificates or License from Concerned Authority1 CopyN/A

5. Is there any ground of refusal of trademark registration?

Under section 18(1) of PDTA, the DOI has power to reject the application of trademark registration on the following grounds:

  1. If such trademark damages the reputation of any person or institution, or
  2. If such trademark contradicts with public conduct/morale or national interest, or
  3. In case such trademark damages goodwill of trademark of any person, or
  4. In case such trade-mark is found to have already been registered in the name of another person.

6. What is the time required for trademark registration?

Generally, it takes about 12 to 14 months to complete the process of trademark registration where no petition for opposition is filed.

7. What is the Validity of registered trademark?

A registered trademark remains valid for 7 years from the date of registration. However, trademark can be renewed for any number of times for a period of 7 years at a time.

8. How much government Fee is required for trademark registration?

S.N. Particulars Fees (in Nepalese Rupees)
1 Application Fee NPR 1,000
2 Registration Fee NPR 5,000

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to obtain a Trademark, one is required to submit an Application before the Department of Industry along with the Required Documents and Four Specimens of the Trademark. 

The Provisions of Trademark has been registered in Patent, Design and Trademark Act, 1965 (2022). It has stated the Fees, the procedure and additional details for trademark registration. 

The Process of Registering a Trademark is: 

  1. Submit Required Documents with an Application to DOI 
  2. Review and Examination by DOI 
  3. Publishing of DOI in IP Bulletin  
  4. If no Contest, then, Registration of Trademark 
  5. Renewal of Trademark 

Trademarks hasn’t been classified in Nepal although Intellectual Property are classified into: Copyrights, Patents, Designs and Trademarks. 

The Renewal Fee after registering a Trademark is NPR 500/-. 

According to the Relevant Laws and Regulations, Trademarks are valid for Seven Years from the Date of Registration. 

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