An European Union trademark application has to be filed at the European Union Intellectual Property Office in Alicante Spain (EUIPO). A European Union trademark – also called ‘European Union trade mark’ or ‘EU-trademark’ – will give your trademark protection in all countries of the European Union.
Member states of the European Union are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, 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.
European Union Trademarks are valid also in the following overseas territories: Guadeloupe (GP), Martinique (MQ), Guyana (GF), and Réunion (RE).
The European Union trademark application has to be made in one of the official languages of the European Union Intellectual Property Office ‘EUIPO’, which are: English, German, French and Spanish. The examination of the European Union trademark application includes an official search for identical or similar prior trademarks. Before your European Union trademark is granted, the European Union trademark application will be published in the“European Union Trademarks Bulletin”. After your European Union trademark application is published, third parties may oppose your application. Owners of a prior national trademark in any member state of the European Union may oppose the application for your European Union trademark. Therefore, it is recommended to conduct a trademark search in the European Union before applying for a European Union trademark. The opposition period is 3 months, counted from the publication date. If no oppositions are filed then your European Union trademark (EU-trademark) will be granted.
After obtaining your European Union trademark (EU-trademark) you will have to use it inside the territory of the European Union within 5 years. If the European Union trademark is not used in the European Union within five years, third parties may request the cancellation of your European Union trademark.