The registration of Community Trademark (European Trademark) are becoming a more common process due to its great benefits and low cost, reasons why the number of applications of this kind of protection since its creation follows an upward trend and is constantly growing.
Its application covers the current 28 member States of the European Union (as well as to any subsequent annexations):
|Croatia Czeck Republic||Ireland||Slovakia|
The process for the registration of a trademark in the European Union, if there is not office actions or oppositions, goes from 8 to 10 months. The trademark is valid for 10 years from the date of application and renewable for equal periods indefinitely.
Besides, it is possible to have 6 months of international priority to extend the protection of the Community Trademark application to other countries maintaining the original application date.
Essential features of Community trademark:
- Possibility of claiming seniority (besides priority) of previous record registered trademarks in any country of the European Union.
- In its system of oppositions: the one who loses, pays. (more…)