French trademark registration




Release time:2016-05-12

Introduction to 1. French Trademarks

1. French trademark law belongs to the civil law system, and the acquisition of trademark rights is based on registration.

2. France accepts applications for the registration of trade marks, service marks, collective marks and certification marks.

3. In France, the classification of goods and services is based on the classification provided for in the Nice Agreement on the International Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of the Registration of Marks.

4. France is a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, as well as a member of the Madderry Agreement for the International Registration of Marks, the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks and the Nice Agreement on the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Registration of Marks and a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization.


Information Required for 2. Application

1. Apply as a legal person, with a copy of the "Business License" or valid registration certificate stamped with the official seal; apply as a natural person with a personal identity certificate;

2. Detailed information of the applicant (in both Chinese and English), including name, nature, nationality, detailed address, zip code and contact information;

3. Electronic trademark standard sample;

4, commodity name and category.


Application and Registration of 3. Trademarks

1. Qualifications of the applicant: Any individual or organization that uses or intends to use the trademark in good faith may apply for a trademark note that others may also use the trademark with the consent of the applicant. Two or two individuals or organizations can jointly apply for a trademark.

2. Application Process (Smooth Situation):

(1) Formal review: the legality of the submitted application documents, trademark drawings, power of attorney and other documents after the application is submitted.

(2) Substantive examination: to examine whether a trademark is registrable, whether it is the same as or similar to a previously registered trademark, and whether it violates the prohibition provisions of the Trademark Law in accordance with the law. For trademarks that do not pass the substantive examination, the examining officer will notify the applicant in writing and inform the reasons for rejection. The applicant may submit a review within the time limit from the date of receiving the notice of rejection, otherwise, the application will be deemed to have been abandoned, and the application date and application number will not be retained.

(3) Notice: After examination, the examining officer is of the opinion that the trademark application is acceptable, and then a notice is published in the official French trademark notice. 2 months from the date of the announcement is the period of disagreement.

(4) Registration approval: A trademark that has been ruled to be registrable upon opposition, or a trademark that has been announced without opposition, will be registered and a registration certificate will be issued. The entire smooth application process (if there are no rejections, objections, etc.) takes about 6-8 months.

3. Validity period: 10 years from the date of application. If you need to continue to use the registration after the expiration of the registration validity period, you should apply for renewal of registration 6 months before the expiration of the registration validity period. The validity period of each renewal of registration is 10 years.