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European Union trademark registration

European Union trademark registration

In compliance with the provisions of Article 4 of the EC Council Regulation No. 207/2009 dated 26 February 2009 on European Union trademarks, an European Uniontrademark may comprise any marking which may be presented graphically, in particular words, including surnames, drawings, letters, digits, shapes of goods or their packaging, provided that such markings are enable distinguishing goods or services of one enterprise from goods or services of other enterprises.

An European Union trademark is of a uniform nature and results in the same legal consequences throughout the European Union.

The application procedure for European Union trademark protection rights awarding comprises:

  • conducting optional registerability investigations,
  • preparing application documents and their submission to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO),
  • responding to decisions and rulings of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) awarded in the course of the registration procedure.

The registration procedure comprises:

  • application filing with an according number being granted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on the date of the application submission,
  • application filing fee payment to the bank account of  the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), according to the valid EUIPO fee tabulation,
  • publication of the trademark applying for protection rights awarding on the website of EUIPO (upon a positive outcome of the registerability investigation for determining statutory conditions for protection rights to be granted),
  • a three-monthly period for objections filing by third parties to prevent trademark protection rights granting,
  • issuance by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) of a Protection Certificate for the trademark.

The protection right lifetime amounts to ten years counted from the date of application filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), with the possibility of trademark protection renewal for the ensuing period of ten years.

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