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  • Author Date Time:2010-03-24 07:40:21
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    Introduction

    A European Union trademark application has to be filed at the office for Harmonization in Alicante Spain (OHIM). A European Union trademark – also called ‘Community trademark’ or ‘CTM’- will give your trademark protection in all countries of the European Union.

    Members of the European Union(27): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

     

    Registration Requirements

    1, A copy of the business certificate (Applicants should be a company) or ID (passport) copy (applicants is individual) of the applicant.

    2, Logo

    3, Chose registration classifies.

     

    Registration Procedure

    1, Trademark Search

    Before registration a trademark, it is better to find out whether it is available for use it. Third parties may have older rights entitling them to object to your use and registration. The holder of an older right may take (legal) action against the use of your new name or trademark. Depending on the circumstances, you may have to stop using the name or the trademark. Such conflicts may well turn out to be very costly. Preliminary searches informing you of potential objections before your introduction of the new name or the new trademark are your best safeguard against later unpleasant surprises.

    2, Trademark application

    The European Union trademark application has to be made in one of the official languages of the European Union Trademark Authority ‘OHIM’, which are: English, Germen, French and Spanish. The examination of the European Union trademark application includes an official search for identical or similar prior trademarks. Before your European Union trademark is granted, the European Union trademark application will be published in the “Community Trademarks Bulletin”. After your European Union trademark application is published, third parties may oppose your application. Owners of a prior national trademark in any member state of the European Union may oppose the application for your European Union trademark. Therefore, it is recommended to conduct a trademark search in the European Union before applying for a European Union trademark. The opposition period is 3 months, counted from the publication date. If no oppositions are filed then your European Union trademark (CTM) will be granted.

     

    Application Time

    Notice of acceptance: one month. The trade mark can be marked “TM” to use it.

    Approve license:10-12 months. The trade mark can be marked “R” to use it.

     

    Duration

    A trademark registration in China is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.

     

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