Germany is known for the practical rationality of its citizens, the cleanliness of its cities, the conservative variety of cuisine, and the high income of its consumers. Promotion to this market looks attractive, but the entrepreneur will have to be correct and honest. For the products to become recognizable, it will be very useful to register the trademark of Germany (hereinafter - TK).
The procedure for the legal protection of the brand is carried out in the registry for the registration of German trademarks. This is the German Patent and Trademark Office (Deutsches Patent - und Markenamt (DPMA)) within the German Federal Ministry. It is headquartered in Munich and has two branches in Berlin and Jena.
In Germany, it is forbidden to register trademarks that:
However, the office does not check whether identical or similar trademarks have already been registered, but rightholders can file objections to trademark protection after registration, so it is necessary to make sure that the brand is not occupied.
Application documents must only be submitted to the DPMA through local patent attorneys or a German lawyer. Registration is only subject to a power of attorney in accordance with the German official model.
In order to register a brand in Germany, it is necessary to provide:
In this case the list of goods and services is submitted by classes, not by their individual names.
The owner of a trademark in this country can be:
The certificate of trademark registration in Germany is issued for 10 years as of the date of submission of the application documents and upon expiry of that period it can be extended any number of times for 10-year periods by means of the statutory procedures.
The registration of TK in Germany can be done in three ways:
In case the legal protection of the trademark has to be done as quickly as possible, in this country it is possible to speed up the registration procedure by paying a fee of 200 euros. In such a case, the entire process takes six months from the date of filing. A normal TK registration takes 7-8 months from start to finish.
Under the Madrid System:
To find out more details and to clarify the cost of this service, please contact our specialists by the contacts indicated, by phone, or during a personal meeting.
The object of a right from the field of intellectual property cannot be tangible. In the case of a painting, for example, the canvas and paints are not subject to intellectual property protection. The artist only owns the rights to what the painting depicts. The rights to the physical medium and the image may belong to different people. The right to the canvas and paint goes to the purchaser of the painting, while the copyright to the images is inalienable from the author himself.