Practice Areas

ARAIN LAW ASSOCIATES undertake the entire work of preparing, filing and prosecuting applications including hearings before the Controller of Patents & Designs/Registrar of Trade Marks/Registrar of Copyrights of Pakistan. The maintenance of patents and renewal of trademark registrations, drafting of licence agreements and assignments; rendering advice and handling litigation relating to IP matters, search and IP watch services and foreign filings, are integral activities of our overall services.

We provide services in preparing and filing patent applications for registration. We are registered patent agent in Pakistan and can provide our clients with comprehensive knowledge in drafting descriptive specifications and claims. We also provide services for conducting patent search, paying annuities, preparing and filing written arguments and appeals, patent administration, and infringement litigation.
Transfer and licensing of patents

We handle all the formalities and procedures in preparing and drafting assignments and license agreements for recordal with the Pakistan Patent Office. Likewise, we handle recording of name changes of owners in the concerned register.

Paris Convention in Pakistan

Pakistan acceded to the Paris Convention and officially became a member of the Treaty as from July 22, 2004.

We assist Foreign Individuals/companies in filing Paris Contention  Applications at the Pakistan Patent Office.

Patents in Pakistan: Law & Procedure...

We are registered trademark agent in Pakistan and are specialised in developing, obtaining, commercialising, maintaining, and litigating trademarks in Pakistan and abroad. When a client is desirous to use and/or register a trademark or a company name in Pakistan, we assist them to evaluate the registrability of the mark and the potential risk in using that mark. We also provide trademark and company name search service, as well as offer professional opinion on other relevant issues.

Filing and Registering

Under the Pakistan Trademark Ordinance, which uses International Class of Goods and Services* it is essential to file a trademark application for registration in proper class(es) using acceptable description of goods/services to obtain registration quickly. Due to the large volume of applications filed at the Pakistan Trade Mark Registry, the delay caused by an office action is substantial. Accordingly, a proper strategy in terms of filing and prosecuting trademark applications remains critical in maintaining an effective trademark portfolio. We provide competent, quality services in preparing and filing trademark applications and written responses to Examiner's preliminary objections.

Opposition/Cancellation/Rectification Actions/Appeals

Once a trademark is registered, it is deemed valid until it is canceled through a cancellation action. Upon discovery of an application for a conflicting mark, it is essential that a strong and vigorous opposition be filed to block that application from effecting registration. The opposition procedure warrants a thorough and professional assistance by experienced trademark specialist, which we offer.

In most of the cancellation actions filed in Pakistan, the ground for cancellation is based on non-use of a registered mark. Two major grounds for invalidating a trademark registration are (i) conflict with previously registered or well-known mark and (2) lack of inherent registrability. Our services are available in this area also.

Licensing/Assignments, Change of Names & Recordals

Recordal of trade mark licenses are not mandatory under Pakistan Trade Marks Law, unless the marks are registered in which case a Registered User Agreement can be recorded with the Registrar of Trade Marks. It is advisable to record such Registered User Agreement or otherwise, in contested proceedings the situation can become complicated as the User may not have a right to initiate legal proceedings independently. Similarly, when ownership of a trademark registration/application or a corporation changes due to assignments or merger, and when company name changes, it is critical to properly register the change at the Trademarks Registry to give proper effect to the trademark registration and/or to establish proper evidence of use in the event of a cancellation action. We actively provide services in these areas.

Combating Counterfeiting & Litigation

We assist clients in anti-counterfeit programmmes designed to identify and eliminate piracy and counterfeiting activities. Our services in this area include obtaining Search and Seize orders, conducting and defending actions for infringement of trademarks, obtaining injunctions, criminal and civil suits in close co-operation with professional litigators.

*Service Marks Registration in Pakistan The new Trade Marks Ordinance 2001 and Trade Marks Rules 2004 have come into force with effect from 15 September, 2003. This will make it possible to register Service Marks in Pakistan. Trademark Registry has started accepting service mark applications from September 15, 2003.

Trademarks in Pakistan: Law & Procedure...
We provide services in preparing and filing design applications for registration, including preparation of drawings that conforms to the requirements of Designs Office. We also provide services for conducting design search, paying annuities, preparing and filing written argument and appeals, combating infringement of design rights and litigation. Our Office in Karachi  files applications in person in the DO enabling timely detection and rectifications of any possible anomaly. Moreover, through periodically organised Seminars, we maintain a direct and close interaction with the Examiners and the Officers of the DO.
Designs in Pakistan: Law & Procedure...

Copyright in a work can be registered with the Ministry of Education at any point of time during the life of the copyright. Although, copyright automatically attaches when a work is created, registration is recommended as it affords the copyright holder to enjoy a presumption of validity, exclusive licence registration, assignment, etc. In Pakistan, IP rights in computer software are covered under the Copyright Law. As copyright attorneys practicing at the Ministry of Education, we offer our services in preparing, registering, managing, licensing and enforcement of all types of copyrights.

Copyright Registration of Trade Marks

Copyright in logo, label, get-up, packing design or writing style of a trademark can be registered as Artistic Work along with the trademark registration. This copyright registration can be claimed irrespective of goods. Copyright provides international protection. Criminal action can be taken in Pakistan on the basis of copyright registration. We provide services in this field.

Copyright in Pakistan: Law & Procedure...

IP Watch Service

We screen Official Gazettes, Trademark Journals, Newspaper/Telephone/Business Magazines, Billboards etc., and any potential conflict will be reported together with our opinion on legal strategies to be followed.

Foreign Filing

We assist Pakistan Applicants in filing Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Design applications all over the world. Feel free to Contact Us for any information on IP Law and Practice in Pakistan. the official websites,  for information on intellectual property protection in Pakistan

Arain Law Associates
Advocates, Patent, Trademark, Design & Copyright Attorneys
602, Windsong Place, A-16, Block-7-8, K.C.H.S.
Union, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi, Pakistan.

Tel : + 92 021 34389328 / 34390480
Fax : + 92 021 34390480
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