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Registration of trademarks in the European Union

Dear colleagues, we are describing the legal procedure of registering a trademark.

Before registering a patent we recommend having a few consultations. As a result of the consultations it is determined if one needs a national patent (one country) or a patent for several countries.

Registration of trademarks in the European Union

Trademark in the European Union has a unified protection under the law and is valid in all of the countries of the Union. It can be registered, transferred to a new owner, the registration can be cancelled and its use can be prohibited in all 28 member states. Registration of a trademark of the European Union is processed through The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which is located in Alicante, Spain. The registration of the European Union trademark happens through sending in one application, filed in one of the five EUIPO languages, and the payment of a common tariff. The European trademark is valid for 10 years with a possibility of renewing it for another 10 years for unlimited amount of times.

Stages of the registration of the European Union trademark

1 Application

An application is filed to The European Union Intellectual Property Office and it has to include:

  • An application with the applicant’s details
  • A list of products and services under the trademark
  • An image of the trademark

There is a set application fee which can vary depending on the number of products and services listed in the application.

It is important to note that after filing the application the applicant has a 6 months priority right on registration of an identical trademark in any member state of the Paris convention.

2 The Search

The search is conducted by EUIPO after the application gets assigned a number on the date of applying. The search is necessary in order to establish any registered trademark or trademarks in process of registration which could become an obstacle in registering the trademark in the application.

It should be noted that the applicant can get not only the main search report, but also reports of the central industrial property offices of the member States. In that case it is necessary to specify which States’ reports are needed and pay the fee for each chosen country. The search reports are provided two months after the application date.

Dear colleagues, we are describing the legal procedure of registering a trademark.

Before registering a patent we recommend having a few consultations. As a result of the consultations it is determined if one needs a national patent (one country) or a patent for several countries.

Registration of trademarks in the European Union

Trademark in the European Union has a unified protection under the law and is valid in all of the countries of the Union. It can be registered, transferred to a new owner, the registration can be cancelled and its use can be prohibited in all 28 member states. Registration of a trademark of the European Union is processed through The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which is located in Alicante, Spain. The registration of the European Union trademark happens through sending in one application, filed in one of the five EUIPO languages, and the payment of a common tariff. The European trademark is valid for 10 years with a possibility of renewing it for another 10 years for unlimited amount of times.

Stages of the registration of the European Union trademark

1 Application

An application is filed to The European Union Intellectual Property Office and it has to include:

  • An application with the applicant’s details
  • A list of products and services under the trademark
  • An image of the trademark

There is a set application fee which can vary depending on the number of products and services listed in the application.

It is important to note that after filing the application the applicant has a 6 months priority right on registration of an identical trademark in any member state of the Paris convention.

2 The Search

The search is conducted by EUIPO after the application gets assigned a number on the date of applying. The search is necessary in order to establish any registered trademark or trademarks in process of registration which could become an obstacle in registering the trademark in the application.

It should be noted that the applicant can get not only the main search report, but also reports of the central industrial property offices of the member States. In that case it is necessary to specify which States’ reports are needed and pay the fee for each chosen country. The search reports are provided two months after the application date.

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