New Delhi: In the midst of Tata Motors witnessing a heavy rush for the booking of its small car Nano, the country’s patent and trademarks authority is examining whether a trademark for the same name could be given to a Punjab-based merchant dealing in sports goods.
As per the information available from the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, an application has been filed for registering a trademark under the name ‘Nano´ by a merchant for “sporting articles (except clothings)”.
On the application, the government has issued an ‘examination report,’ which is generally done when the authorities find any problem - that is, if the trademark is deemed generic or a similar mark has been found.
The trademark office generally takes about four months for examining the application, after which it issues either an ‘acceptance letter,’ or an ‘adverse report.’
Once accepted, the application is advertised in the Official Journal of Trademarks, after which an ‘opposition period´ follows, which gives three months to any third party to file an official objection.
Tata Motors began the booking for Nano, billed as the world’s cheapest car at an ex-factory price of Rs one lakh, on 9 April. The deliveries are expected within 60 days of the closure of booking on 25 April.
Tata Motors is also reported to have sought a patent for the design and technology involved in producing the much-awaited car and is said to have filed a number of patents related to various innovations before the Indian Patent Office.
However, the trademark application by Vijay Dhir of Jalandhar-based Dhir Sporting Corporation has been made under Class 28 of the Trade Marks Act, which deals with games and playthings, gymnastics and sporting articles.
The application for the trademark was made on 28 January last year. It also claims that the ‘Nano’ brand is being used by the applicant since June 2006.
Previously, entities selling salt and tobacco products sought to register trademarks related to the terminology associated with the popular 20-20 cricket format.
An application has been filed for registering a trademark under the name ‘Twenty-20´ by an entity in Karnataka for “gutkha and tobacco products.”
Another trademark application has been filed with the authorities for “Twenty- 20” by a Gujarat-based entity, Ahir Salt Industries, for salt to be sold in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.