FAQ TRADEMARK FILING EUROPEAN UNION (EUTM)
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REGISTER AN EUROPEAN UNION TRADEMARK (EUTM) IN EUROPE BEFORE EUIPO?
In general we file your trademark within 3-5 days after your assignment. In „Express“ option we may do so within 48hrs (weekdays). An early filing date is always good, since trademark law has the principle of „first come, first served“. The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA/GPTO) will then check and register you trademark in about 4-6 months. If you opt for an accelerated examination of the application (+200 EUR office fees) registration may take place in about 4-6 weeks. After trademark registration there will be a 3 months period for possible oppositions against the registration of your trademark.
HOW MUCH DOES A EUROPEAN UNION TRADEMARK REGISTRATION COST?
The costs for filing a European Union Trademark start at 850 EUR office fees for 1 class. The second class costs 50 EUR and up from the 3rd class 150 EUR each class arise. Additionally we charge 450 EUR for reviewing and filing your trademark before EUIPO. An always recommended trademark search beforehand costs 1000 EUR on top. However, since trademark conflicts are easily quite expensive and you should work with you trademark on a safe basis, we always recommend to let us conduct a comprehensive trademark research before filing your European Union Trade Mark.
I NEITHER LIVE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION NOR DO I HAVE A PLACE OF BUSINESS INSIDE EU. MAY I FILE A EUROPEAN UNION TRADEMARK ANYWAY?
Yes, of course. However, if you do not have a place of business, a real and effective establishment or your domicile in the European Union, you must appoint a representative for all proceedings before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA/GPTO). If you choose to file your trademark in Europe with us our german trademark lawyers will automatically be your representatives before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
FOR HOW LONG IS A TRADE MARK REGISTERED IN EUROPE?
Trade mark protection becomes effective upon the registration of your trademark in the register. The term of protection starts on the application date and lasts 10 years. It can be renewed by further 10-year periods, by payment of the renewal fee. If you register a trademark with us, you will get automatically informed, when you have to renew your trademark.
IF SOMEONE INFRINGES MY TRADE MARK. CAN YOU SEND HIM OR HER A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER?
Sure. We cooperate with highly specialized trademark attorneys of BREUER LEHMANN RECHTSANWÄLTE that might examin your case and do everything to protect and defend your trademark against any infringing operations. Just give us a call or send us your case via eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org.