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EUROPEAN UNION TRADE MARK

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1.  INTRODUCTION.
The European Union Trade Mark enables the protection of a mark to be obtained simultaneously for the 28 countries of the European Union, by means of a single application, procedure, grant and maintenance before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

2.  DESIGNATED COUNTRIES.
The current 28 Member States of the European Union are the following:

AUSTRIA
BELGIUM*
BULGARIA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
ESTONIA
FINLAND
FRANCE
GREECE
GERMANY
HUNGARY
ITALY

IRELAND
LATVIA
LITHUANIA
LUXEMBOURG*
MALTA
NETHERLANDS*
POLAND
PORTUGAL
ROMANIA
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
UNITED KINGDOM

* These three countries have a joint Trade Mark law under Benelux Trade Marks.

3. ADVANTAGES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TRADE MARK.
Amongst others, the European Union Trade Mark has the following advantages:

  • The European Union Trade Mark has its origin in a single application, which implies a lower cost regarding the application itself, as well as the processing, management, maintenance and renewal of the registration.

  • Proceedings before EUIPO are carried out in only one of the five official languages of the Office, which are Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.

  • Possibility of claiming seniority of nationally registered trade marks in the European Union that are identical to the European Union Trade Mark, in order to consolidate in the European Union Trade Mark all earlier rights purporting to the same mark.

  • In cases of European Union Trade Mark infringement, it is possible to bring infringement proceedings before a single competent European Union Trade Mark Court whose decisions are enforceable in all Member States of the European Union, if the claim is filed in the country of the defendant.

 4.  PROSECUTION

  •  Filing of European Union Trade Mark application

  • Examination with respect to formal requirements.

  • Substantive Examination (absolute grounds).

  • Search report on prior trade marks (obligatory for earlier European Union trade marks, optional for earlier national trade marks)

  • Publication

  • Oppositions and/or objections from third parties

  • Grant. Rejection. Appeals.

5.  TERM OF PROTECTION.  
The term of protection for a European Union Trade Mark is 10 years, from the date of filing the application, renewable for identical periods, indefinitely.

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