Community Trademarks

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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:

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Geographical scope of the Community Trademark

One of the main benefits of Community Trademark is that allows the protection of a trademark with just one single filing in the 28 UE countries. 

However, several countries have territories far from Europe, generally representing a legacy of a past colonial period.

geographical scope of the community trademarkTherefore it is very important to consider what happens in these overseas regions in order to evaluate whether we are actually protected or not in the places we sell or offer our services.
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2019-04-19T06:20:24+00:00Categories: Trademarks|Tags: |

Protectia: patent and Trademark agency among the greatest representatives of Argentina CTM

In its first 22 months of life as an Intellectual and Industrial Property Law Firm, Protectia patent and Trademark agency appears in the ranking of the top 25 representatives of clients from Argentina before the European Trademark Office (OHIM).

Access to the complete statistics of the Office.

The appearance on these lists places us alongside with the most prestigious and senior offices, which makes us pride for having achieved such a result in record time. It shows that our professional team, especially Rodrigo Sammut (born in Buenos Aires), together with our efficient management system, personal attention and guidance to the achievement of objectives, meets the current needs and new expectations of our Argentinian correspondents and friends.

Thank you very much for your trust, we continue working hard every day to improve our services.

How much does it costs to register a Community Trademark?

A Community Trademark is valid throughout the European Union. Its request is unique and is extendible to the 28 Member states: 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.

The costs for the registration of a Community Trademark either to protect the corporate image or to distinguish goods and services are affordable and are a renewable ten-year investment.

How much does it costs to register a Community Trademark? The process.

The official minimum rate for the registration of a Community trademark is 900€. To this amount must be added the professional fees of the legal representative who advises, performs and monitors the application and registration, which can range between 450€ and 1.500€. In addition to the final cost are involved several factors, such as:

  • In some countries or specific situations, the viability study must be paid. In Protectia, this first examination is free.
  • Community Trademarks might also have a watch service which also implies a cost.

Let’s extend and detail each one of these keys elements, in order to make the most of this exciting investment.

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