European Trademark Registration
In Europe, a trademark may be protected either by filing national trademarks within individual countries, or across the whole of the European Union (EU) by means of a European Union Trade Mark (EU Trade Mark). An EU trademark is a single trademark registration covering all 28 Member States of the EU at a cost that is much lower than filing separate trademark applications in each Member State. National trade mark systems still operate alongside the EU Trade Mark system. However, if you are trading in more than one EU country, an EU trademark registration is probably the most cost-effective way to protect your mark in one of the most important markets in the world.
A European Union trademark registration is valid for an initial period of 10 years and can be renewed for further 10-year periods.
Current Members of the European Union:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
If you would like further information on any aspect of EU trademarks, please contact us.