How do you register a trademark in the European Union?


We register your EU trademark for protection in all current and future European Union member countries. Trademarks are signs used in trade to identify products.

Your trademark is the symbol your customers use to pick you out. It distinguishes you from your competitors. You can protect and build upon your trademark if you register it.

In some countries, you can also get protection even if your trademark is not registered, as long as it is used. However, you are well-advised to register it in order to obtain the best protection.

The only condition imposed on a registered trademark is that it must be clearly defined; otherwise, neither you nor your competitors will be certain of what it covers.

Trademark registration Europe cost

The cost of registering a trademark in Europe is €850 for one class. If you wish to apply in paper form, a fee of EUR 1,000 must be paid.

Trademark registration fee in Europe

The basic fee covers one class for EUR 850. The fee for the second class of goods and services is EUR 50. The fee for three or more classes is EUR 150 for each class.

What countries are covered by an EU trademark registration?

A European Union TradeMark provides trademark protection in all 28 member states of the European Union through one registration, namely: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The following types of marks may be registered as European Union trademarks:

  • Word marks or combinations of words, letters, and/or numerals.

  • Figurative marks: logos, symbols, designs, etc.

  • Colors or combinations of colors.

  • Three-dimensional marks.

  • Sound marks.

Your trademark must be put to use in the European Union in relation to the goods and /or services for which protection has been obtained to prevent your European Union TradeMark registration from being susceptible to revocation for non-use. A European Union TradeMark registration may be revoked if the trademark the subject of the registration is not used in any five-year period following its registration. If you are uncertain whether the use made of the mark or proposed to be made would be sufficient to rebut any potential revocation proceedings instigated by your competitors or other third parties, our attorneys would be happy to provide assistance.

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