Registering a trademark in Bhutan involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by the IPD, and awaiting the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will grant you exclusive rights to use it in Bhutan for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Bhutan. Make sure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The first step is to conduct a preliminary search to ascertain that your proposed trademark is not similar or identical to an existing one. The Intellectual Property Division (IPD) of Bhutan provides a database for this search. Access the database at this link: https://www.ipbhutan.gov.bt/
Step 2: Application
If your search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the IPD. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
Step 3: Examination by IPD
After receiving the application, the IPD will review it to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Trademark Act of Bhutan. The IPD will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, the IPD will publish the application in the Official Bulletin. This publication gives third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for 60 days from the date of publication.
Step 5: Registration
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the IPD will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately BTN 1,500 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change, and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the IPD website.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 12 to 15 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Intellectual Property Division (IPD): https://www.ipbhutan.gov.bt/