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Latvia Trademark Registration 

In order to obtain trademark protection in Latvia you can register your trademark in two ways: First option is that you request registration in the entire European Union with one single application; this can be done via the European Union Trademark which grants trademark protection in the 28 country members of the EU (more info here). Second option is that you register directly your trademark in Latvia. If you want to proceed this way please follow the steps described below.

A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Latvia 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
 

 
Trademark Registration Certificate   Step 3. Trademark Registration Certificate:
Once your trademark application is approved, we will obtain your registration certificate.
Step 3 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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 Latvia, do I have protection in other territories?

    No. The mark will be protected only in Latvia.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes. Applicants are required to submit a power of attorney.

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

    Yes. There are benefits from pre-filing use of a trademark: 

    • Show distinctiveness of the mark
    • Defeat oppositions on the ground of non-distinctiveness
    • It makes it possible to petition for the invalidity of a subsequent registered mark (consult us for more information)
  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Non-use of a registered mark can result to the revocation of ownership rights through a court judgement.

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

    Any mark or sign that can be recreated graphically and can differentiate a good/service from its counterparts are registrable. 

    • Names
    • Slogans
    • Colors
    • Words
    • Sounds
    • Holograms
    • Devices (drawing, picture, graphic symbol)
    • Trade dresses
    • Three-dimensional shapes
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Latvia?

    The phases of trademark application in Latvia are: 

    1. Examination – The application will be examined by the trademark authorities in terms of:
      • Formalities
      • Classification
      • Clarity
      • Descriptiveness
      • Distinctiveness
      • Deceptiveness
      • Absolute grounds of registrability
    2. Registration – If the application passes the examination phases, the trademark office will grant the registration. At this point, conflict with other applications or registrations has not been checked yet.
    3. Publication – Third parties will be given a chance to oppose to the registration. These specifics will be made accessible to the public through print and online publication.
      • Mark
      • Applicant’s name
      • Applicant’s address
      • Applicant’s country of incorporation
      • Number of application
      • Date of application
      • Goods/services
      • Information on priority claim
      • Trademark representation
  • What type of trademark is non-registrable?

    The trademark law of Latvia prohibits the registration of the following marks: 

    • Generic words
    • Marks that lack acquired distinctiveness
    • Functional marks
    • Deceptive/disparaging/misleading marks
    • Marks that contradict the principles of morality and signs that oppose public order
    • Marks that include flags/names/symbols of international organizations/states/regions/nations
  • Does Latvia use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. Nice Classification takes effect in Latvia. For trademarks that will be covering several classes of goods/services, one application suffices.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Latvia?

    Yes. Latvia is a European Union member; hence, Community Trademark registration (new name: European Union Trade Mark) is effective in this jurisdiction.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Latvia?

    Yes. The filing date in the applicant’s home country can be used as the filing date in Latvia if: 

    • The home country is a party to the Paris Convention
    • The filing date in home country does not exceed 6 months from the filing date in Latvia
    • The international registration can be based in Latvia
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    The mark must be used within 5 years from the date of registration. The amount of use is measured on a commercial basis and must occur in this jurisdiction.

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

    The mark is valid for 10 years starting from the date of filing the application.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date is computed 10 years from the date the application was filed.

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

    Yes. Use of an unregistered mark for selling goods and/or services is legally allowed in this jurisdiction.


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