INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN PAKISTAN
First Renewal Term
Subsequent Renewal Term
The Trade Mark Ordinance, 2001 and the Trade Mark Rules, 2004 are the primary laws governing the mechanism of trademark registration in Pakistan.
It is a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and TRIPS.
Pakistan follows the 11th edition of Nice Classification. Multi-class trademark applications are not acceptable.
The third parties can file opposition actions against a trademark application within two (02) months following its publication date in the official gazette.
In Pakistan, registered trademarks have a validity of ten (10) years from the date of application, which can be further renewed indefinitely for successive periods of ten (10) years each.
The grace period to renew a trademark after the date of expiry is six (06) months.
The period for cancellation of a registered trademark based on non-use is five (05) years from the date of registration.
Pakistan is a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
The Patents Ordinance, 2000 deals with the mechanism of patent protection in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, an invention that satisfies the conditions of originality, novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability, subjects to patentability. Process patent and product patent are the two types of patents that can be protected.
The types of patent applications that can be filed include Non-Convention Application, Convention Application, Divisional Application, and Patent of Addition.
In Pakistan, an opposition against a patent application can be raised at the pre-grant stage within four (04) months approximately from the date of publication.
The patent of invention lasts for twenty (20) years in Pakistan. The first annuity will be due in the 5th year, and the last annuity will be due in the 20th year. There is no time-frame for the payment of annuities before the due date.
The Registered Designs Ordinance, 2000 governs and deals with the mechanism of registration of industrial designs in Pakistan.
The types of industrial design applications that can be filed in Pakistan include the Non-Convention Application and Convention Application.
Utility model protection isn't provided under industrial design protection in the nation.
Opposition against an industrial design application can't be raised in Pakistan.
The total duration of industrial design registration in Pakistan is thirty (30) years from the date of application. The initial registration term is ten (10) years, which is further extendible for two (02) terms of ten (10) years each upon payment of the renewal fee.
There is a grace period of six (06) months to renew a registered industrial design.
Pakistan is a member of the Berne Convention, Universal Copyright Convention, and TRIPS Agreement.
The Copyright Ordinance, 1962 is the basic legislation governing copyright protection in Pakistan.
The standard copyright protection term lasts for the lifetime of the author plus fifty (50) years following his death. However, the duration of copyright protection varies depending on the type of work.
Copyright in a literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work published within the lifetime of the author subsists until fifty (50) years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the author dies.
Copyright in a cinematographic work or a record or a photograph subsists until fifty (50) years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the publication of the work.