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Trademark Registration Services Temporarily Unavailable due to Scheduled Maintenance

by DP News Team
Tmr Services, Scheduled Maintenance

Live Update: Services resumed; IP India has launched a new website for trademark management.

Trademark and patent registration services in India will not be available until March 28, 2024, as the server is being maintained from March 22nd to March 28th, 2024. The government of India, through the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is a division of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), has recently suspended all trademark registration services. This includes new registrations, renewals and responses on objections.

This is a pre-announcement by appellants’ authority with proper notice on their official website ipindia.gov.in. Notification on the site reads: “All TMR services will be inaccessible between 7:00 AM on 22/03/2024 to 7:00 AM on 28/03/2024 due to scheduled maintenance activity. We deeply regret the inconvenience caused.

Trademark registration is a very important exercise for firms as it protects their brands, products, and services from being wrongly represented. Many phishing cases have been reported in the digital era especially among people with low technical knowhow or cybercrime awareness. Fraudsters always create bogus webpages that copy well-known brands, online marketplaces or banks to deceive innocent users.

These scams often promise quick cash, reduced prices of goods or giveaways taking advantage of the trust that established brands enjoy. A number of these illegal activities are carried out in foreign countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and even India. Such schemes appeal to people who do not know much about online security.

Trademark registration, on the other hand, gives individuals and copyright owners in India the means to effectively handle piracy as well as phishing and cybercrimes. In this case, registered trademarks provide a means of reporting such activities to companies like Facebook (Meta), Google, Microsoft among others. Such organizations can sue fraudulent websites or block strange URLs to keep scams off the internet.

Therefore, even laypersons knowledgeable about cybersecurity may bring misleading website links to search engines such as Goggle; thus, they are labeled as unsafe thereby cautioning potential victims against falling for online cons.

The suspension of trademark registration services for a short period highlights the importance of strong systems that protect intellectual property rights and fight cybercrime. Nonetheless, though this halt might be inconvenient for businesses or individuals who want trademark protection during this time it is meant to guarantee long term fairness and effectiveness in registration process.

The office of the patents controller general, designs and trademarks have assured those concerned that regular services would be resumed as soon as the currently scheduled maintenance is over, and efforts are being made to minimize any interruption that may arise from this temporary suspension.

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