AL-RAHIM is one of the largest intellectual property and corporate law firm which provides a wide range of professional intellectual property and corporate law services to its local as well as foreign clients. AL-RAHIM is a premier independent law firm with strong international alliances advising businesses engaged in all aspects of international commerce particularly intellectual property rights, mergers and acquisitions and all corporate matters.
The firm aims to deliver a practical and commercial response to legal requirements of businesses throughout the world and has built a reputation for being a powerful adviser for global businesses with highly skilled and experienced team of lawyers. AL-RAHIM has strong international alliances and multiple regional offices which help our clients benefit from our best and prompt services around the globe.
We care to provide our valued clients with a balanced amalgam of technical excellence, commercial insight and personal attention. Every client, be it an individual or a company is an asset to us. We look forward to a long term relationship with our corporate clients.
AL-RAHIM has traditionally specialized in Trademark, Copyright, Design and Patent Prosecution & Litigation. Our firm combines the capabilities of IP professionals and service managers along with skilled support personnel to provide fully integrated, high-quality services
In addition, to this it also specializes in all aspects of civil, commercial and company law, privatization, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure projects, construction, banking, project finance, oil and gas, power, insurance, commercial contracts, capital markets, foreign investment laws, information technology, telecommunication aviation and maritime
AL-RAHIM also handles arbitration (both domestic and international), Civil and Commercial Litigation in both High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The firm has three partners who are all highly skilled IP and Corporate lawyers and are assisted by various senior and junior associates, who directly attend to client’s instructions. The firm is considered a Large-sized firm in Pakistan.
AL-RAHIM has extensive experience in handling highly complex and high stake disputes and is frequently engaged in multi-jurisdictional litigation. The Partners all come from firms of international repute and have a rich clientele to their credit.
The strength of AL-RAHIM lies in its commitment to quality and adherence to highest professional and ethical standards. Working alongside many of the world’s leading law firms values like professionalism, excellence and collaboration enable us to churn out practical and innovative solutions that help our clients achieve their commercial aims.
Diversified legal background and expertise of founding Partners enable the firm to extend its area of expertise beyond a multitude of services in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters pertaining to every area of law.
Copyright, Design, Patent Filings
What is the procedure for registeration of trademark?
It is advisable that a search may be made of the Trademarks Register to ensure whether there are any similar or identical marks on the Register. Search request can be filed on Form TM-55.
After the search of the Register, application is made on Form TM-1/TM-2 for one mark in one class.
Acknowledgement Receipt by the Trade Mark Registry is issued to the applicant within 10-15 days.
Examination Report is generated after 3 months. If there are any objections on the applied trademark, they are communicated to the applicant immediately in the form of Show Cause Notice.
What is a patent?
A patent for an invention is grant of exclusive rights to make, use and sell the invention for a limited period of 20 years. The patent grant excludes others from making, using, or selling the invention. Patent protection does not start until the actual grant of a patent. A patent cannot be obtained on a mere idea or suggestion. Patent applications are examined for both technical and legal merit.
Are all inventions patentable?
Any invention, whether a product or process, in all fields of technology, is Patentable provided the invention meets the substantive criteria for patentability - namely, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability.
The following shall not be regarded as invention within the meaning of sub-section (1), namely:-
a) A discovery, scientific theory or mathematical method;
b) A literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work or any other creation of purely aesthetic character whatsoever;
c) A scheme, rule or method for performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business;
d) The presentation of information; and
e) Substances that exist in nature or if isolated there from.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and In the case of sound recordings*, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope, the copyright law establishes limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is of “fair use,” In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions. For further information about the limitations of any of these rights, consult the copyright law
Who can claim copyright?
Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright.
In the case of a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment; the employer and not the employee is considered to be the author, if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a work made for hire.
The authors of a joint work are co-owners of the copyright in the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary.
Ownership of a book, manuscript, painting, or any other copy or phonorecord does not give the possessor the copyright. The transfer of ownership of any material object that embodies a protected work does not of itself convey any rights in the copyright.
What is an industrial design?
An industrial design is the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. The design may consist of three-dimensional features, such as the shape or surface of an article, or of two dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or colour.
Industrial designs are applied to a wide variety of products of industry and handicraft: from technical and medical instruments to watches, jewellery and other luxury items; from house wares and electrical appliances to vehicles and architectural structures; from textile designs to leisure goods.
An industrial design is primarily of an aesthetic or visual nature, and does not relate to the technical features of an article.