In a further progressive step towards digitization and up gradation of Trademark Registry, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has notified that the replies to office actions/ examination reports can be filed online. The replies to office action along with the supporting documents can be uploaded online through the
comprehensive e-filing services of trademarks module at available at the Registry’s website at:
The Registry has refrained the applicants/agents from filing any other documents such as reminders etc. on this portal. It has also directed that reply or document submitted in response to the examination report by the trademark agent/advocate is to be duly authorized by the applicant by way of a TM-48 executed in the agent’s or advocate’s favor.
The online filing of examination report replies would apart from saving the time and expenses of trademark holders or their Agents and Attorneys would also be helpful in accelerating the process of examination of replies by the Examiners and thereby enable in clearing Registry’s backlog.
The pictorial depiction for filing Examination Report Replies online is pasted below: