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In India, as in many other jurisdictions, it is possible to have a registered trademark removed, but this process is subject to specific legal provisions and conditions. Trademarks are granted protection based on certain requirements, and if those requirements are not met or if specific circumstances arise, a registered trademark may be subject to removal. Here’s an introduction to the possibility of getting a registered trademark removed while doing business in India:


  1. Preventing Misuse of Rights: Removal of a trademark that was wrongly registered or is no longer in use prevents the holder from improperly wielding exclusive rights. This helps maintain a level playing field for businesses, promoting fair competition.

  2. Avoiding Consumer Confusion: Removing a trademark that is confusingly similar to an existing mark or is being used deceptively helps protect consumers from confusion. Consumers can make informed choices without being misled by similar trademarks.

  3. Promoting Innovation: Trademark removal encourages businesses to come up with distinctive and innovative marks. It discourages generic or descriptive terms from monopolizing trademarks, fostering a culture of creativity and branding innovation.

  4. Market Entry Opportunities: Removal of a registered trademark that has been improperly blocking market entry can create opportunities for new businesses to enter the market and offer their goods or services to consumers.

  5. Clearing Obstacles: Businesses seeking to use a particular trademark may benefit from the removal of an existing registered mark that has been an obstacle to their own branding efforts.

Trademark Protection in India:

In India, trademark protection is governed by the Trade Marks Act, 1999, and is administered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks. Trademarks are registered to provide exclusive rights to the owner to use the mark in connection with specific goods or services. These rights are granted to protect consumers from confusion and to enable businesses to build and protect their brand identity.

Grounds for Removing a Registered Trademark:

  1. Non-Use: If a trademark has not been used continuously for a specified period (usually five years) following its registration, it may be vulnerable to removal for non-use.

  2. Generic or Descriptive Terms: Trademarks that have become generic or descriptive of the goods or services they represent may lose their distinctive character and could be removed.

  3. Prior Rights: If a party can prove that they had prior rights to the trademark, such as prior use, they may seek removal of the registered trademark.

  4. Invalid Registration: If the trademark was registered in violation of the Trade Marks Act, such as being deceptive, scandalous, or contrary to public policy, it may be subject to removal.

  5. Non-Renewal: Failure to renew a trademark registration can result in the removal of the mark from the register.

  6. Misleading Use: If a registered trademark is used in a misleading or deceptive manner, it may be subject to removal.

  7. Infringement Proceedings: In the context of infringement proceedings, a registered trademark can be challenged, and if found invalid, it may be removed from the register.

Legal Process for Removal:

The process for getting a registered trademark removed in India involves filing an application before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) or the relevant courts. The grounds for removal must be substantiated with evidence. The trademark owner will have an opportunity to defend the registration. The outcome depends on the specific facts and legal arguments presented during the proceedings.


While it is possible to get a registered trademark removed in India under certain circumstances, the process is complex and subject to legal scrutiny. Businesses should be aware of the conditions and grounds for removal, and they may seek legal advice to navigate the process effectively. Removal of a registered trademark should be pursued based on valid legal reasons, and it’s important to protect and enforce trademark rights judiciously to maintain brand identity and reputation in the marketplace.


  1. Cost Analysis: Auriga Accounting can help you assess the financial implications of pursuing trademark removal, including estimating legal costs, potential damages, and other expenses associated with the process.

  2. Budgeting: Auriga Accounting can assist in creating a budget and financial plan for pursuing trademark removal, ensuring that you allocate resources effectively to cover legal expenses and related costs.

  3. Record-Keeping: Maintaining accurate financial records related to the trademark removal process is crucial. Auriga Accounting can help establish systems for recording and tracking expenses related to legal proceedings.

  4. Tax Implications: Trademark-related expenses and any financial outcomes of trademark removal may have tax implications. Auriga Accounting can provide guidance on tax planning strategies in this context.

  5. Financial Reporting: Auriga Accounting can prepare financial statements that include trademark removal expenses, which may be necessary for internal decision-making and compliance purposes.

  6. Cost-Benefit Analysis: Auriga Accounting can assist in conducting a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether pursuing trademark removal is financially justified, taking into account the potential benefits and drawbacks.

  7. Financial Strategy: Auriga Accounting can work with you to develop a financial strategy that aligns with your goals related to trademark removal, ensuring that your financial resources are strategically deployed.