It is important for those applicants that for trade mark applications filed after December 29, 2010 to pay the the increased fee. The deficiency in the fee can be paid by February 28, 2011. The non-payment of fees shall have the following two effects:
1. The Registrar of Trade Marks shall not act on the matter, which is issuing examination report and further related office actions. I
2. If the deficiency in fees is paid after February 28, 2011, the Registrar shall change the filing date to the date of paying the deficient fees.
The second point definitely does impact the rights of the clients adversely. Though, it does not appear that the application shall be abandoned, it is better the applicants pay the fee deficit.