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European Community Trademark Registration 

European Community Trademark grants protection over the entire European Union with one registration. This Trademark Registration includes protection in: Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

 
Attorneys - European Community
 
Welcome:

My name is Ana Lorente and I'm the representative Attorney in European Community.

I'll be personally in charge of your trademark registration process.
 
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A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in European Community through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How many applications should I file?

    The answer to this question depends on the characteristics of your mark, your budget and the scope of protection that you would like to have in the European Union.

    If your trademark contains distinctive verbal elements (text) as well as design elements (graphics or logos) and you wish both to be protected, our recommendation is to file two trademark applications; one to protect just the verbal elements (the application will be filed as “Word Mark”) and another to protect just the design elements (the application will be filed as “Combined Mark”).

    In this case, proceeding with two trademark applications has the following advantages:

    1. Broader and stronger protection. If a third party files a “Combined Mark” with very similar text to yours but different design, their “Combined Mark” could be accepted for registration if you only filed a “Combined Mark” and not a “Word Mark,” because in its entirety the third party’s mark is still considered different from yours.
    2. You will be protected if your logo evolves. It is common for companies to change the design of their logo with time. If you file a “Combined Mark” and not a “Word Mark,” your new logo will not be protected. You must use your trademark exactly as registered; if you don’t, your trademark may be subject to cancellation.
    3. Effective verbal and graphics protection. Filing a “Word Mark” application provides greater flexibility to use your mark in different ways, whether it is presenting it in stylized text or presenting it with different designs (as long as they are not too similar to registered trademarks that belong to third parties). At the same time, filing a “Combined Mark” allows you to protect the design elements of your mark.

    If your trademark also contains a slogan or a distinctive design symbol, we suggest you file a specific application for each, as this will give you additional protection.

  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 6 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

  • If I register my trademark in the European Union, do I have protection in other territories?

    When you register your trademark the European Union, the territorial limit will be the member states of EU.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes, a simple scanned power of attorney is required.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

    Yes. The applicant may benefit from using the mark prior to filing by: 

    • Acquiring distinctiveness of the mark
    • Overcoming oppositions based on non-distinctiveness
    • Being protected against infringement
  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Yes. Non-use is a ground for revocation of registration.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in the European Union?

    Registrable trademarks are those signs that can be interpreted in a graphical manner and can provide distinctiveness to the good or service that it represents. Examples are names, words, sounds, slogans, devices, colours, 3-dimensional shapes, motions, holograms and trade-dress.

  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in the European Union?

    The application will first be examined by the trademark authorities with respect to formalities, classification, deceptiveness, clarity, descriptiveness and distinctiveness. If it passes the examination phase, the application details will be published online: the mark itself, applicant’s name and address, date of application, the goods/services involved, priority and seniority claim information, and the trademark’s representation. During the time of publication, opposition is also made available before the mark is officially registered.

  • What type of trademark is not registrable?

    Applicants are not allowed to register the following: 

    • Marks that do not meet the standards of moral and contrary to public order
    • Common and broad terms
    • Names/flags/symbols of nation/states/international organization
    • Marks that lack distinctiveness
  • Does European Union use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. Nice Classification is used in this jurisdiction. If the trademark is used in multiple classes of goods/services, only one application is necessary.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for European Union?

    Yes. Community Trademark takes effect in the European Union.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in the European Union?

    Yes. The date where the application was first filed can be claimed as the filing date in the European Union if the applicant’s home country is a Paris Convention member. The same applies if the applicant’s home country is a World Trade Organization member.

  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    You must use your trademark within 5 years from the date it was registered. It must be used for commerce and transaction must occur in any member states of EU.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    Once a trademark is officially registered, it will be initially valid for 10 years. The date of application will be the starting point.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal must be made 10 years from the date when the application was filed.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    It is legal to use your trademark for commerce and trade even if it’s not registered.


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