How to protect your trademark in Cyprus and the EU.

July 28, 2015

BUSINESS IDEA

If you are interested in making sure nobody else can use the name of your business or product, you need to make sure that you protect your business name or your product or service as a trademark.
You should protect your trademark in any country or countries you have business activities.
Read below the necessary steps you need to follow when it comes to protecting your trademark in Cyprus or in the EU:

1. Conduct a Trademark Search
Before you proceed with the trademark registration application, we suggest you conduct a search and make sure that no one else in Cyprus or in the EU has registered this or confusingly similar trademark yet. Our Team will be very happy to assist you and advise you on the matter.

2. Decide about the class / classes of your mark
The Nice Classification system is used to link specific services or products with your trademark.
In this way you build and develop the distinctive character of your mark. In Cyprus each trademark application covers one class only, while the EU Trademark application covers up to three classes.

3. Determine the owner of the trademark.
A trademark can be owned by any legal or natural entity, regardless of his/her nationality.
In case of a big group of companies or of a group of individuals, it is very important to avoid any mistakes and to ensure the right applicant is reflected.

4. Register your Trademark
The earlier you will apply for the protection of your mark, the better.
Each application takes approximately 7-9 months to be completed in Cyprus and the EU.
The protection begins since the application date.

5. Important Information for Companies who have business internationally
If your company is active internationally, you should know that your registered trademarks are generally only valid in the country / countries you have applied for registration. Once you have applied for a trademark in Cyprus, however, you may be eligible to apply for an international trademark under the Madrid Protocol. Our Team has the experience and the know-how to assist you for any request related to the international protection of your trademark.

 

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