A trademark is a sign that is used to distinguish your product or service from those of other undertakings. There are different types of trademarks (word mark, figurative mark, 3D mark, etc.) and trademarks can be protected in different jurisdictions using different means of protection. For example, we offer our clients the possibility of obtaining protection using the offices of EUIPO, WIPO, OAPI and using the assistance of local national offices.
Since different kinds of trademarks exist consulting our specialists is definitely worth the while in order to establish the kind of the trademark and the relevance of the kind to protection and consequent use.
When should a trademark be protected?
The protection of a trademark should ideally take place at the first stage of the realisation of a business plan. There are different options for protection and it is certainly worth analysing all the options before applying.
Why should a trademark be protected?
Protecting a trademark gives its owner security for the investment, on the one hand, and the right and possibility to prohibit competitors from registering and using the same or a similar trademark, on the other.
How can a trademark be protected?
Protecting a trademark means registering it with the relevant office of the relevant jurisdiction. Again, in which office depends on the specific business interests and plans for using the mark.
What should be considered when registering a trademark?
There are a number of important aspects that should be taken into account when registering a trademark. For example, the type of trademark, the possible descriptive/deceptive character of the trademark, the conformity of the goods/services with the classification of goods/services in force at the time of filing the application, possible prior trademarks which may become obstacles to obtaining protection to the trademark, etc. Our experienced specialists will provide more details.
How much does it cost to register a trademark?
The cost of registering a trademark depends on the number of classes of goods/services and where the trademark is sought to be protected, as well as possible individual costs. Our specialists will give you a more precise estimate of the costs after having ascertained all the circumstances involved.
Is there anything else to do after registering my trademark?
Yes. Trademark registration is only the first step. Trademark protection last for a limited period and in order for trademark rights to be maintained, the validity of the trademark registration must be renewed. If the details of the trademark proprietor change corresponding changes must be entered into the registers. Our specialists will monitor deadlines and assist you in dealing with the registers and making the necessary entries. The obligation to use the trademark is no less important. This means that once registered, the trademark owner is obliged to actually use the trademark, otherwise the trademark registration may be cancelled.
What should be done, if someone is using a trademark or a very similar sign without authorization?
In such a situation our specialists should be contacted as soon as possible. This may be an infringement of rights which requires that appropriate measures be promptly taken.
Can a trademark be sold or pledged?
A trademark is an asset that can be transferred, assigned, pledged and licensed in the same way as any tangible asset. We will be happy to provide assistance in drafting the necessary contracts and making the necessary recordings.
Why should the services of a patent attorney be used?
A patent attorney is indispensable in protecting and maintaining a trademark. This applies to registration, administration of registrations, exercise of rights (also, for example, before various offices and industrial property dispute resolution bodies), etc. The patent attorney ensures that the documents are drawn up in accordance with the applicable requirements and assists in any trademark-related procedures. Our specialists are always ready to help and answer any trademark-related questions that may arise in the course of daily business.