Registering a trademark in Sri Lanka is a vital step in protecting your brand and intellectual property. By following this step-by-step guide and working with the National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka (NIPO), you can successfully navigate the trademark registration process in Sri Lanka. Keep in mind that the overall process, including examination, publication, and potential opposition, can take up to 12-18 months or more, so it's essential to plan accordingly.
Before registering a trademark in Sri Lanka, it is recommended to conduct a preliminary search to check if the desired trademark is available or if there are any similar trademarks that may cause confusion. The National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka (NIPO) manages the Sri Lankan trademark database, and you can perform a search on their official website:
Once you have ensured that your desired trademark is available, you need to prepare the application. The application should include the following information:
Submit the trademark application to the National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka (NIPO) either in person or by mail. Online submission is currently not available.
After submission, NIPO will examine the application for compliance with formal requirements and conduct a search to identify any potential conflicts with previously registered trademarks. This examination process generally takes around 6 to 9 months. If NIPO identifies any issues, they will notify the applicant, who will have the opportunity to address the concerns.
If the application meets all requirements, NIPO will publish the trademark application in the Sri Lanka Gazette. This publication initiates a three-month opposition period during which third parties can file an opposition against the registration of the trademark.
If no oppositions are filed or if they are resolved in favor of the applicant, NIPO will proceed to register the trademark. The applicant will be required to pay the registration fee before the trademark is registered. Once the fee is paid, NIPO will issue a registration certificate, and the trademark will be valid for ten years from the application date.
Trademarks in Sri Lanka can be renewed indefinitely for ten-year periods. To renew a trademark, the owner must file a renewal application with NIPO and pay the required fees before the expiration date or during a six-month grace period after the expiration date.