Starting Business is fully equipped to assist clients with their EU trademark registration, search, watch and renewal. Our team has a wealth of knowledge in registering marks with OHIM and in EU intellectual property law, with many years of experience registering Community Trademarks (CTM’s).
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is responsible for registration of trademarks throughout the EU. A trademark that is registered by OHIM is known as a community trademark (CTM) and is valid across all 27 member states.
All CTM’s must be capable of graphical representation, be unique and distinguishable against third parties and competitors in the market. A CTM may consist of personal names, words, numerals, letters, shapes or designs, or a combination thereof.
A CTM, once registered, is valid across the European Union as a whole. It is not possible to limit the geographic scope of the community trademark to protection to certain Member States. For individual member state protection registration must be applied for through the countries national trademark offices. The validity period of a CTM is 10 years from the date of official registration, and can be renewed indefinitely for periods of ten years.
The EU trademark legislation applicable for community trademarks is based on the framework and regulation of the European Union Council. The principle regulation is – Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of the Community trademark.
A registered Community trademark provides the owners exclusive rights of that mark and ensures legal protection is in favor of the owner in cases of infringement. A registered EU trademark will act as an effective deterrent against third party unauthorized use of the mark. The Enforcement Directive was adopted in 2004 to strengthen the protection and security of trademarks within the EU. It also stipulates that member states within the EU will apply the same framework for remedies and criminal proceedings in cases of counterfeiting, piracy and infringement of trademark rights.
In order proceed with your EU trademark registration in an efficient and professional manner, you should approach a reliable firm. Starting Business can offer you know-how and guidance throughout the whole process. We can help you to conduct an initial search, administer the relevant documentation for your application to register a mark, and provide you with the necessary maintenance services, including; renewal and trademark watch.