Mr. Krishna is right. Even if the trademark is unregistered, passing off action is maintainable as nobody has right to represent his goods as the goods of somebody else.
Even the subsequent registration by a subsequent user of his mark the prior user, even of an unregistered mark would be entitled to bring an action for passing off on the ground that the former has adopted which is identical or deceptively similar his mark.
no - there is no fee to be paid to the Registry to attend the hearings. Further, when the trade mark registration certificate is ready - at that time also, no fee is charged. For further details, you may get in touch with me at 98457 02459.
Suit of infringement cannot be filed for un-registered trademark. you have to opt for passing off. it very long drawn process as compared to infringment suit. it is advisable to file fresh application of TM. other you might be too late.
It is very clear in section 27 of the Trade Mark Act 199 that
' no infringment action will lie in respect of an unregistered trade mark, but recognises the common law rights of the mark owner to take action against any person for passing off goods as the goods of another person or as services provided by another person or the remedies thereof.