A trademark is a title to intellectual property that serves to protect a name, a sound, a logo, a sign relating to the identity of a product, of a business …
Once the first application for a registered trademark has been filed, the applicant has a period of up to 6 months from the filing date of that first application.
to protect itself abroad.
Several “routes” for extending the patent are possible: national, regional or international. These are not mutually exclusive and may be combined according to strategic and financial considerations.
The national trademark
This protection is obtained on a country-by-country basis. The application for registration is filed with the Trademark Office of the country in question. In each Member State, the procedure is autonomous and results in the issuance of a national certificate of trademark registration, totally independent of titles obtained in other Member States.
The European Union trademark
This is a unitary title, delivered following a single procedure, and which confers uniform protection across the entire territory of the European Union. The trademark of the European Union is managed by EUIPO (the European Union Intellectual Property Office, or OUEPI in French).
The trademark of the European Union has the advantage of reducing costs, thereby considerably simplifying the registration procedure and the future management of the trademark.
The international trademark
This system, governed by the Protocol of the Madrid Agreement, enables the applicant, via a single request, to protect its trademark in several countries. The trademark is registered at the (the World Intellectual Property Organization). The Offices of the designated countries have a certain time limit to, as the case may be, refuse to accord protection in all or in part of the registered trademark. If they raise no objections, the trademark is automatically protected.
It is possible to designate the trademark of the European Union in an international request for registration.
The international trademark, like the European Union trademark, offers the advantage reducing costs, and of considerably simplifying the registration procedure and the future management of the trademark.
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