Trademarks: CTM

General Information

CTM (European Community Trademarks) covers the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands & United Kingdom.

Classification : Nice Classification (8th Edition); Multi-Class filings.

What is Registrable : Signs capable of being represented graphically, particularly words, including persona; names, designs, letters, numerals, the shape of goods or of their packaging, provided that such signs are capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings.

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes – within 6 months.
Examination : Yes – as to absolute grounds.
Publication : Yes – one month after the search has been sent to the Applicant.
Opposition : Yes – within 3 months as of publication date/
Time Frame for Registration : Around 12 months.
Registration Term : 10 Years
Renewal Term : 10 Years
Grace Period for Renewals : 6 months.

Cancellation : Yes – if the mark is not put to genuine use within 6 years.

Assignments - Must Assignments be recorded ? Yes
Can pending applications be Assigned ? No

Licenses - Must Licenses be recorded ? Yes
Can pending application be Licensed ? No

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney simply signed.
  2. Full details of the Applicant.
  3. details of the mark, class(es) and list of goods.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney simply signed.
  2. Details of the mark & registration number.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney simply signed from the Assignee.
  2. Assignment Deed certified.

Change of Name/Address Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney simply signed.
  2. Certified copy of a certificate showing the change.


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