What is a trademark?
A trademark is for your brand name or logo which identifies your product or services. It can be a word, letter, number, phrase, symbol, shape or combination thereof. A unique brand name or logo is used to differentiate your product/service as distinct from others in the industry. To secure legal protection for your brand name or logo you need to get it registered.
What trademarks are NOT registerable?
Any trademark, which is identical or deceptively similar to an existing registered trademark or trademark for which application for registration has been made, cannot be registered. Also trademark that would likely cause deception or confusion or is offensive may not be registered. Geographical names, common names, common trade words and common abbreviation can also not be registered as a trademark.
What does a trademark application cost in other countries?
We have prepared a cost overview of the costs of trademark registration in all countries. In it, you will find a table listing all the costs for filing a trademark application. The costs include all attorney fees and the costs of the trademark offices.
What are the benefits of a trademark registration?
Although unregistered trademarks receive some protection in different countries, trademarks can be further protected through registration. A trademark registration provides additional substantive and procedural rights. In this article you can find more details about the benefits of a trademark registration.
When can I use symbol (R) or TM?
Symbol “TM” can be used after filing of trademark application. (R) should be used only after registration of trademark. The ® symbol may only be used in connection with the goods and services listed on the registration certificate.
How do I find and register a trademark?
We have summarized in an article how to proceed strategically to develop and protect a meaningful trademark in our article Strategy for Trademark Finding.
What are Nice Classes?
Trademarks need to be protected for specific goods or services. Here you can learn more about the Nice Classification and for which goods your trademark should be registered.
What is trademark infringement?
Trademark infringement is the unauthorized use of a trademark or service mark on or in connection with goods and/or services in a manner that is likely to cause confusion, deception, or mistake about the source of the goods and/or services.
Will my trademark registration be valid for all types of services and goods?
Trademarks are registered for specific goods or services. Therefore they are only valid for these specific goods. The classes, to which these goods or services belong, are only relevant for the calculation of fees and to narrow searches for similar trademarks. A trademark can also be infringed if an identical or similar sign is used for similar goods or services. Goods or services are similar if they are complimentary or serve the same purpose, are usually produced or offered by the same undertakings and distributed in the same channels.
Should I conduct a trademark search before filing for an application?
Yes, it is advisable to conduct a trademark search before filing an application for registration. Before making an application for registration it is reasonable to review trademarks that are already registered, just to make sure that the proposed trademark is not denied due to similarity with other trademarks. It will save you both time and money. You can order a professional trademark search here.
How do I register a trademark?
In our article "How do I register a trademark?" we explain the steps involved in a trademark application and the best way to proceed.
What is the difference between a word mark and a word/figurative mark?
There are different types of trademarks. The most important ones are the word mark and the word/figurative mark. In our article What's the difference between a word mark and a word/figurative mark, we explain the differences and which type will give you the most trademark protection.