Trademark in the EU. The most frequently asked questions.

Trademark registration in the European Union or CTM (Community Trademark) allows, by a single procedure and cost, to register a trademark in the 28 actual States of the EU:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom , Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden.

One of the most frequently asked questions is about the scope of the registration in the overseas regions. Let’s clarify. Community trademark registration is valid in the following regions: 

  • Denmark: excluded Greenland and the Faroe Islands. So it is necessary to protect through a national trademark in Denmark.
  • Spain: Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla included.
  • France: including overseas departments (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reunion, Guyana). However, do not include the following territories: New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Mayotte. In those regions, it will be necessary a French trademark registration in order to be protected
  • Portugal: Azores and Madeira included.
  • UK: included Gibraltar. Channel Islands and the Isle of Man that require protection through a national trademark in the UK are not included.

Trademark in the EU. The process

It is common to ask about the duration of the processing of a trademark in the European Union. In this regard, note that nowadays it is an agile administrative process, ruled by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) located in Alicante (Spain) and, if no objections arise, has an average processing time of 6 months. The processing is done in the official language of the Member State filing and one of three official: English, French or German, and consists of the following steps:

community trademark registration

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Trademark registration in LATAM: all the procedures in each country

In the particular historical and economic times we live in, we see emerging markets such as LATAM countries which have become investment goals in most corporate internationalization projects.

That is why from Protectia, in our desire to provide useful information about the international trademark protection, we propose the following scheme that collects all the necessary procedures for a trademark registration in LATAM, since the filing of the application to the granting.

Let’s see it in the specific of each country.


International trademark renewal. The most frequently asked questions.

One of the matters that frequently generate confusion about the renewal of trademarks is the registration of international trademarks and their corresponding renewal. A trademark filed at WIPO has a term of 10 years, renewable for equal periods.

For this reason we will try to clarify the most frequently asked questions about it.

Regarding the deadline for the renewal:

  • It can be done from 6 months before the due date, corresponding to the application and shall take effect from the day after the date of registration expires.
  • WIPO also provides an extra period of up to six months for renewal of a trademark, but with a surcharge on the official rate amounting to 50%, reason why  this is not a recommended option. 

Besides, there are many questions regarding the renewal itself. 5 main aspects to clarify them all: (more…)

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How much does it costs to register a trademark in Bolivia?

Any business in development, as we already know, involves many expenses. One thing we are going to repeat over and over and should be considered as essential is: before investing money in any advertising/marketing campaign, the first basic step is to evaluate and register the trademark representing our business.

Due to the great interest about Latin America’s economies and the numerous inquiries we receive, we are going to issue of practicality: how much it costs to register a trademark in Bolivia.

Because of the economic crisis, we are facing a big European capitals escape, especially from Spain, towards LATAM regions which are addressing the current financial uncertainty by increasing their internal and regional markets.

Recently, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has placed Bolivia as the leader growing country in South America: a fact that makes it an attractive investment focus.

The first step that a company wishing to export to this region should consider is to evaluate the viability of protecting its trademark in Bolivia.

Here comes into play the key role of an official Patent and Trademark agency for a proper trademark registration in Bolivia. There are several reasons, among which:

  • The knowledge of how to locate and evaluate the existence of prior rights might be vital for the success of the trademark registration in the region of interest.
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