EU Trademark Registration

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Release time:2016-05-12

EU Trademark Registration-Registration Procedure

1. Trademark registration: Like China, trademark registration can be applied for without having been used in the country/region.

2. Registrable trademarks: trade marks, service marks and certification marks

3. Time required for registration: If there is no objection, registration can be obtained within about 12-14 months from the date of application.

The acceptance number is available in one month.

4. Trademark Registration Protection Period

Trademark registration shall be valid for 10 years from the date of application. The renewal is valid for 10 years.

5, classification table: like China, is also the use of Nice classification table.

6. Documents required to submit a trademark application:

1) One application for a trademark for three categories of goods/services;

2) Description of the applicant: name, address, nationality;

3) Trademark drawing;

Submit an application to the European Office for the Coordination of the Internal Market, and the authorities will accept the trademark application that is considered to meet the conditions, and give the application date and application number;

After acceptance, the authorities conduct a prior trademark search, and at the same time submit the application to each member country for a prior trademark search, and each member country will send the search report to the Internal Market Coordination Bureau within 3 months;

After the authorities have received the search reports of the Member States, together with the search reports of the Council, they are provided to the applicant for reference;

The authorities do not conduct substantive examination of the applied trademark. If the application is initially accepted for registration, it will be announced. The objection period is 3 months from the date of the announcement. Any natural or legal person in the 28 member states has the right to object to the trademark. If there is no objection or the objection is not established, the trademark shall be registered;

If the applicant's application for registration of a trademark is rejected (including the rejection of a Community trademark application due to an objection from a Member State), the applicant may convert the EU trademark into a separate trademark application in one or more countries within three months. The original application date and the priority date are also enjoyed.

If the trademark applied for registration by the applicant is rejected and the applicant is not satisfied, he can apply to the European Trademark Review Board for review. If there is reason to believe that the review ruling of the European Trademark Review Board violates the Rome Treaty or the Community Trademark Regulations, he can also apply to Luxembourg. Appeal to the European Court of Justice.

The 28 member states of the European Union include:

France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia.