Trademark Registration in Bangladesh (COST & Procedure)

A trademark is typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements. There is also a range of non-conventional trademarks comprising marks that do not fall into these standard categories, such as those based on color, smell, or sound.


The registration of a trademark in Bangladesh is for a period of 7 years from the date of application. To register a trademark in Bangladesh, after filing the application in the prescribed form and payment of relevant fee, the mark is then examined, published, and eventually proceeded to registration where there is no opposition against the said trademark or where the opposition against the said trademark was filed but was decided in favor of the applicant. The trademark is then registered for a period of 7 years from the date of filing of the application in Bangladesh and the registration certificate is issued. The Bangladesh Trademarks Act, 2009 also provides that if a registered trademark is not used for a continuous period of 5 years from the date of its registration, then the same becomes vulnerable to cancellation action on grounds of non-use.


The owner of a registered trademark may initiate legal proceedings for trademark infringement to prevent unauthorized use of that trademark. However, registration is not required. The owner of a common-law trademark may also file suit, but an unregistered mark may be protectable only in the geographical area within which it has been used or in geographical areas into which it may be reasonably expected to expand.


The term trademark is also used informally to refer to any distinguishing attribute by which an individual is readily identified, such as the well-known characteristics of celebrities. When a trademark is used in relation to services rather than products, it may sometimes be called a service mark, as in the United States.

Registration Flowchart and Cost

Stage-01: Filing cost of a trademark in Bangladesh

Timeline: 1/2 Working days
Filing Cost: Official Fee: $70 +Professional fee: Contact Us
Filing Requirements: (1) Simple POA (2) Mark details (3) Applicant information
Multi-Class: A trademark application in Bangladesh can be filed for a single class only. Multi class applications for the same trademark can be filed in Bangladesh by making separate applications.

According to section 15; Application for registration.

(1) Any person claiming to be the proprietor of a trademark used or proposed to be used by him, who is desirous of registering it, shall apply in writing to the Registrar in the prescribed manner for the registration of his trademark
(2) Separate applications shall be made in respect of every class of goods or services and the applications shall be considered according to the serial of receipt.
(3) Every application under sub-section (1) may be filed at the Head Office of the Department or in any branch office of the Trademarks Registry having territorial jurisdiction over the principal place of business in Bangladesh of the applicant, or, in the case of joint applicants, the principal place of business in Bangladesh of the applicant, whose name is first mentioned in the application, as having a place of business in Bangladesh is situated.
(4) Where the applicant or any of the joint applicants does not carry-on business in Bangladesh, the application may be filed in the office of the Trademarks Registry having territorial jurisdiction over the place mentioned in the address for service in Bangladesh as disclosed in the first application, is situated.
(5) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Registrar may?
(a) accept an application absolutely,
(b) refuse an application recording the grounds for such refusal,
(c) accept an application subject to such amendments, modifications, conditions or limitations, if any, as he may think fit.

$70+
Stage-02: Examination Procedure

Timeline: 6 months to 3 years, depending on the backlog at the Registry.
After an application is filed, it is examined by the IP Office with regard to the distinctiveness, possibility of deceptiveness and conflicting trademarks. If an objection to a registration is raised, an official examination report will be issued within 6 months to 3 years, depending on the backlog at the Registry If there is no objection then an acceptance letter (TMR-5) will be issued by the trademark office.

Formality Examination & Substantive Examination:
After an application is filed, it is examined by the Registrar with regard to the distinctiveness, possibility of deceptiveness and conflicting trademarks. If an objection to a registration is raised, an official examination report will be issued by the Registrar within 6 months to 1 year, depending on the back log at the Registry. The Registrar may accept or refuse the application subject to the provisions of the ordinance. A trademark application in Bangladesh can be refused/ objected by the Registrar on the following grounds:

  • The mark is similar/ identical to an earlier trademark for the same or similar goods/services.
  • The mark is similar/identical to an earlier trademark in respect of different goods/services.
  • The mark is a commonly used and accepted name of any single chemical element or single chemical compound.

The above categories of marks may however be registered if the proprietor of the earlier trademark consents to its or there has been an honest concurrent use of the later mark.

Further, the objections raised by the Registrar with regard to an application, is forwarded to the applicant and the applicant has to file an appropriate reply with the supporting documents to the official objections within 60 days. The Registrar may accept the application on the basis of the reply and documents filed or may list the application for hearing.

An appeal against the decision of registrar at the hearing or without the hearing can be filed by the applicant within 1 month from the date of such communication to the Registrar, requiring him to state in writing the grounds of, and the materials used by him in arriving at, his decision.

When an application for registration of a trademark is accepted, the Registrar advertises it in the official Trademarks Journal, which is published and available on the Registrys website. 

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Stage-03: Publication cost of a Trademark in Bangladesh

Timeline: 6 to 18 months from the date of fee submission but depending on the backlog at the Registry.
Publication Cost: Official Fee: $42 +Professional fee: Contact Us

Procedure: After examination and upon acceptance of the response by the Registrar, the application is ordered for advertisement /publication in the Trademarks Journal. An application is advertised in the Trademarks Journal so as to invite the public for filing opposition against the registration of a mark.

Opposition of Published Trademark in Bangladesh:
Upon publication of the trademark in the Trademarks Journal, any person can oppose the registration of the said trademark by filing a notice of opposition within the prescribed period of 2 months from the date the Trademarks Journal is made available to the public. The time period to file the notice of opposition can be extended by a maximum period of 3 months upon filing a specified request for extension of time thrice for a period of 1 month each along with the prescribed fee. Read more

$40+
Stage-04: Registration

Timeline: 6 to 8 months from the date of fee publication if no opposition.
Registration Cost: Official Fee: $280+Professional fee: Contact Us
Procedure: The application shall proceed to registration where there is no opposition or where the opposition was filed and was decided in favor of the applicant. The mark is then registered for a period of 7 years from the date of filing of the application. The trademark can be renewed from time to time for an unlimited period. Each renewal term is for a period of 10 years. Renewal Cost-Click here

$280+
Contact Person
J.A. Chaudhury Reagan

Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
+8801613336333
+8801711970318
info@supremeip.com
advreagan@gmail.com
WeChat ID: SUPREMEiP

Contact Person
J.A. Chaudhury Reagan

Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
+8801613336333
+8801711970318
info@supremeip.com
advreagan@gmail.com
WeChat ID: SUPREMEiP