A trademark journal is a record that contains details of trademark application that are granted or that are awaiting for examination or that are opposed. Every trademark office in several parts of the country publishes the trademark journals. The trademark journal gives an overview to the user to help him know if his mark is distinctive. It will also help the proprietor or the trademark attorney to know if his/her mark is opposed by a third person by simply viewing the trademark journal.

Trademark journals of India can be viewed by logging in intellectual property office of India website. The trademark journal helps to hunt for the preferred journal. A list of journal numbers will be published two times every month. Publication date and the date of availability will be mentioned Along with the journal number. Mostly both these dates would be the same.

From the list of journal number, one can select the desired list. The list would contain many other sections related to classes in the specified journal number. After clicking on the class in which you want to search, click control + F and type the keyword for application number/class/address/abstract etc. By doing this it will be possible to see your trademark application.

It is also possible to file a notice of opposition to oppose an application that is published in the trademark journal by filling the Tm Form-5 with a prescribed fee of Rs 2,500/- (Rupees Two Thousand Five hundred).

The trademark journals are also available in other trademark offices such as the United Kingdom trademark office, United States patent and trademark office etc. The website of United Kingdom trademark office is www.ipo.gov.uk. The trademark journal can be viewed electronically and can be obtained in the pdf format. The trademark journal thus helps us to get details about the status of trademark applications and thus will be helpful to the owner of the trademark.

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