Recently, Controller General of Patents Design and Trade Marks, Mr. Chaitanya Prasad,has issued a Public Notice on August 7, 2014, wherein it has been put forth that, from August 1, 2014,Official Fees for filing a new Trade Mark application in one class has been increased from Rs. 3500/- to Rs. 4000/-. It was also mentioned that the fee for expedited examination has also been increased upto Rs. 20,000/-. The notification can be seen here.
All the Applicants/ Agents who have filed a new Trade Mark application or have requested for expedited examination are required to submit the deficiency of Rs. 500/- or Rs. 2,500/- before September 30, 2014.
It was further clarified that until and unless the deficiency is not cleared, the Registrar would not act on the application. And in case the deficiency is paid after September 30, 2014 the filing date would shift to the date on which balance fee has been paid.
It is to be noted that The Trade Mark Rules of 2002 have been amended twice i.e. 2010 and 2013.