France Trademark

france trademark

Starting Business offers a complete range of trademark services that are catered to all parties that may require a France trademark. Our team of dedicated consultants offers expert support in all departments of intellectual property law to ensure that our clients acquire a reliable service to search, register and maintain their trademark effectively.


France Trademark Requirements

The National Industrial Property Institute (INPI) is the intellectual property registry for France and is responsible for the registration of France marks. The owner of a trademark can be a company, individual or other legal entity and will apply for France trademark registration to the INPI.

France trademarks must not employ a deceptive character, nor must they be generic or common terms. Under trademark law in France, a mark must be capable of graphical representation and not be offensive to the morality or the public order. There is no trademark search conducted by the INPI so it is highly advisable that you enlist the help of a professional consultant to perform a thorough search on your behalf. A search will ensure your mark is available prior to applying for registration.

The validity period of a France trademark is 10 consecutive years from the date of registration. The owner can then renew the mark every 10 years thereafter provided the mark complied with the relevant requirements of use.

France Trademark Law

The trademarks law in France is known as Law No. 91-7 of January 4, 1991 on Trademarks and Service Marks. France is a member of the EU and as such, all requirements and legislation must be compliant with that of the European trademark law.

Under France trademark law, foreign companies or individuals who are not a France resident or citizen within the EU or EEA must seek representation in France. The trademark act in France provides protection against all infringements of a registered marks rights and this protection extends to all 11 French overseas territories also.

France trademark law stipulates that the use of a France trademark is compulsory for the first 5 years post registration. It also requires that the use of the France trademark is performed “effectively and seriously” so as to prevent risk of removal on grounds of misuse or non-use.

France Trademark Registration

It is best advised to gain the help and assistance of an experienced firm or consultancy when seeking to register a mark. Starting Business are able to assist with the entire France trademark registration procedure and we are can offer related services, such as; trademark search, renewal, and design.

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