There are 3 main types of trademarks in the EU: a logo (a design mark), a wordmark, a combined mark and a few non-traditional types. Other types of trademarks are registrable as well such as collective marks, certification marks, 3D marks, color marks, etc.
1. A logo example. No word elements.
2. A wordmark example. A simple word in any font, without any design elements.
3. A combined mark aka wordmark+logo
Multi-class applications are possible, there is a fee per each additional class. At the same time, it is more cost-effective to file several classes in one application.
Before the trademark is registered, it will be published in the “EU Trademark Bulletin”.
The average processing time from application to registration is about seven months.
💶 Trademark Services Detailed Fees
As of March 23, 2016, a new fee structure will apply with a one-fee-per-class system. The official fee for filing a European Union Trademark is EUR 1,000 for the first class in paper and EUR 850 electronically. The fee for the second class is EUR 50 and the fee for the third class is EUR 150. The fee for all subsequent classes is EUR 150.
|Trademark services in the EU|
|Service type||Price, USD|
|Filing, extra class||299 (Gov. fee included)|
|Assignment/Trademark Transfer||205 (Gov. fee included)|
|Responses to non-substantial objections||Free|
|Responses to substantial objections||210-700|
|Responding to Opposition||550-800|
|Filing an opposition||700-800|
|Change of Address/Name||150|
|Change of Representative||70|
|Renewal, 1st class||1145|
|Renewal, extra class||102|
|Renewal (extra class after the second)||204|
|Amendment of goods/services||100|
|Deleting a class from an application||100|
|Contact the other party||200|
|Design Patent registration||990|
|Design Patent registration (additional design)||359|
No final fees are required. All the government fees are included in our listed prices.
EU Patent and Trademark Office
☑️ Read more about the Trademark Office of the EU
Those applicants, who do not have their office or residence within the European Union or European Economic Area, must be represented by a professional representative or a legal practitioner entered on the list kept by the Office. The application must be written in any official language of the European Union. Upon filing, the applicant must specify a second language, one of the five languages of EUIPO (English, French, Spanish, German, or Italian). This second language can be used as procedural language in case of limitation, opposition or nullification procedures.Name of Office: European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
The application process includes an examination on formal, absolute grounds and search for prior trademarks.
Address: Av. de Europa, 4, 03008 Alicante, Spain
Phone number: +34 965 13 91 00
EU Trademarks were introduced on 1 April 1996, in addition to the national and international registration. On 23 March 2016, Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trademark regulation entered into force and contains a number of changes.
Member states of the EU are the following: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. The UK will cease to be a member from 29 March 2019.
European Union Trademarks are also valid in the following overseas departments: Guadeloupe (GP), Martinique (MQ), French Guyana (GF), Saint Barthélemy (BL), Saint Martin (MF), Åland Islands (AX), Azores, Madeira, Réunion (RE), Ceuta and Melilla, Canary Islands and Gibraltar.
The Trademark Offices apply the current version of the Nice Classification; you can find acceptable goods and services in this link.
Bonamark will prepare and file your trademark for registration in the countries-members of the EU.
⚖️ EU Trademark Registration Requirements
Fill out our simple online form and a Trademark Specialist will contact you within 24 hours in order to guide you through the process.
Multiple-class applications are possible. However, additional fees are payable if an application is to cover more than one class.
With a registration at the EUIPO (trademarks, designs and patterns) in Alicante (Spain), the trademark will be protected in all member countries of the EU. A prior application or registration in the home country of the applicant is not required. In addition, the home country of the applicant does not have to be a member of the European Union either. Owners of national trademarks in the member states of the EU may file opposition against a trademark applied for as EU Trademark. Therefore, it is recommended to conduct a search in each member country before applying for a EU Trademark.
What is registrable as a trademark?
Registrable as a trademark is a sign capable to distinguish the goods and services of one organization from those of another.
Trademarks are words, logos, devices or other distinctive features and they can be represented in any appropriate form as long as the representation is precise, clear, self-contained, intelligible, easily accessible, objective and durable. They can consist of, for example, the shape of goods, colors or combinations of colors, their packaging, three-dimensional marks, sound marks, holograms, multimedia, etc.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks, certification and collective marks.
What will be required to file your brand in the EU?
- Type of the applicant: individual or a company.
- Complete name of the owner.Full address of the owner.
- Phone number - to contact you in case if any action is required.
- Mailing address - to forward you the certificate once the trademark is registered.
- List of goods/services.
- Class or classes.
- Trademark itself.
A power of attorney is not needed.
Trademark registration: Duration
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the application date and may be renewed for an indefinite amount of further periods each of 10 years.
Free Registered Trademark Search in the EU
Available online, you can request a free trademark search online on our website or here:
Trademark Database, which contains registered and filed trademarks in the EU. It is updated on a regular basis and you can find a filed trademark 1-2 days after it is filed.
However, we recommend ordering a trademark study because this will let you check the probability of registration of your trademark in the countries-members of the EU, calculated by an experienced professional.
Trademark Renewals in the EUIPO
☑️ Read more about renewing a trademark
- A EUIPO trademark is renewable for a period of 10 years and valid from the filing date.
- A mark can be renewed for an indefinite amount of further periods each of 10 years.
- A mark can be renewed within 6 months before the expiration of the current trademark registration.
💶 Trademark renewal fees for the European Union
The price is 1149$ for one class in the EUIPO (OHIM). The government fee is included in the price. There is an extra fee per each additional class, which depends on the number of classes in your registration. Contact us for more details at [email protected]
Trademark renewal process (EUIPO)
Please contact us using the following form in order to request a trademark renewal. The process is rather simple, our attorney will become your representative and will pay the renewal fee. After this the mark is renewed. It is possible to renew a mark without changing the representative as well. In this case we will not be able to inform you of the upcoming deadlines.
How to renew in the EUIPO
Documents required: No additional documents are required in order to proceed with the service.
How fast the process
The process takes approximately 2-3 days, and a Notification of entry in the Register is issued. A new Certificate of Registration will not be issued by the EUIPO.
What if the deadline is missed?
The mark can be renewed within a grace period of 6 months after the expiration date, an extra fee must be paid.
After the end of the grace period the mark expires without any options to restore it and a new mark must be filed. You can apply in this link: https://bonamark.com/countries/european-union
📅 Deadline Calculation (example)
- Filing date: 01.09.2019
- Registration date: 01.09.2021
- Expiration date: 01.09.2029
- The earliest date for filing a renewal: 01.03.2029
- Grace period starts and ends: 01.09.2029-01.03.2030
Please be informed that the dates are determined to the best of our knowledge and we take no responsibility if the calculations are incorrect. We recommend that you contact us with an actual case in order to determine the renewal date with the highest accuracy possible.