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Trademark Registration in Slovakia and EU

The group of companies SLOVAKIAINVEST.RU offers its services of trademark registration.


Why would you need a trademark?

A trademark, above all, distinguishes your company, goods or services from all the other companies, its goods or services available on the market.  Well-known trademarks (brands) increase company’s profitability, promote awareness and thereby increase sales.
Trademark is a legal protection of the rights of the owner and / or producer of goods and services from their illegal use, copying or tampering by unscrupulous competitors. Ownership of the registered trademark is considered as a monopoly.

The registered trademark is considered to be n asset, and may be pledged. Right to a trademark can be sold or transferred to another person or entity wholly or partially.

The trademark can be leverage to the market, acting as a barrier to the entry of such competitive products and services.


What is a trademark?

Trademark is a sign capable of distinguishing goods or services of a person or entity from goods or services of another one. It confirms the trademark owner's exclusive right to produced goods and / or services. This trademark can be:

  • verbal (a combination of letters, words, phrases, numbers, personal name, company name, slogan, a whole sentence), example: Apple, Coca Cola, I'm loving it,
  • graphical (picture, symbol, image, graphic symbol, a distinctive color or color mix), example: Lacoste (small crocodile), McDonald's (yellow letter M), Volkswagen (round mark of the letters V and W)
  • musical, for example: the sound you here when you turn on the Windows, the standard sound of incoming sms
  • volume, for example: a Michelin doll,
  • or combined, for example: the Mercedes Benz star.



What cannot be registered as a trademark:

  • marks that do not differ from other goods and / or services, for example: "butter"
  • contains the country name, for example: “Butter Germany”
  • contains names of other people's products or services, for example: “Butter Mercedes”,
  • contains well-known geographical indications, for example: "Butter Europe,"
  • contains false, misleading information, for example: the “natural wooden butter”
  • consists solely of common signs or indications which are used to designate the kind, quality, quantity, purpose, value, geographical origin or time of production of any other goods and / or services, for example: “cow butter”
  • marks that match or mimic other trademarks, registered to third parties for identical goods or services, for example: Butter «Blue Bonnet» (a name already registered)
  • other signs that are contrary to the law on trademarks, for example “the best butter in the world”.


 
The process of trademark registration

Since filing in the trademark registration one automatically acquire the right of priority. Trademark priority means the priority one applicant for trademark protection in relation to the other applicant, due to an earlier date of application. Within three months from the date of application applicant must provide a document confirming the priority right to this trademark, otherwise it is ignored. Terms of the application and trademark registration are about 6 months.

Validity of the registered trademark is 10 years from the date of application for registration of a trademark. At the request of the owner, holder or trustee of a trademark registration can be extended upon payment of an administrative fee for a period of another 10 years, but no later than 6 months before it expires.


Trademark Registration in the European Union

European trade mark is registered once for all EU member states (currently 27) and is valid throughout the EU.

It performs the same basic functions of the trademark but at European level: defines the origin of the goods and services, ensures their consistent quality, and is a certain form of communication with customers, acting as the basis of advertising and PR campaigns.

European trademark covers the market of more than 350 million consumers in countries with the world's highest living standards. European trademark is valid for 10 years as well and is renewable indefinitely. Registration of European trade mark does not differ much from registering of a single national brand. Another advantage is the fee. Fee for filing an application for registration of the European trade mark are much lower than when filing individual national applications in all EU member states.

Documents required for registration of European trademark

  • identification of the applicant
  • image or reproduction of the registered mark. In the case three-dimensional trade mark registration one should provide its two-dimensional image.
  • list of goods or services for which the mark will be used

All other documents will be prepared and submitted by our company SLOVAKIAINVEST.RU.

The fee for fee filing in the EU registration is 900 euros for three classes of goods or services. Additional fee of 16.50 euros is paid for each additional class of goods or services paid. Cost of our services in EU trademark registration is 799 euro. You can also order the inspection of all registered trademarks in connection with interested trademark, to find out possible coincidences with the desired brand, the price of inspection: 199 euro.

The cost of our services of trademark registration includes:

  • checking if a trademark meets all legal requirements
  • verification of already registered trademarks for the absence of the registered trade mark, checking brand names operating in the whole EU, as well as trademarks, operating separately in each EU state
  • preparing of application and all other documents for registration of a trademark
  • tracking of the registration process and solution of possible issues
  • getting a certificate of trademark registration


 
Trademark Registration in Slovakia

There are three possibilities of trademark registration on the territory of Slovakia:

  1. Register separately as the Slovak national brand.
  2. Register European trademark, which will operate on the territory of Slovakia, as well as in other EU member states.
  3. Register a trademark in Slovakia together with any other country.

Documents required for registration of a trademark only in Slovakia:

  • identification of the applicant
  • image or reproduction of the registered mark. In the case three-dimensional trade mark registration one should provide its two-dimensional image.
  • list of goods or services for which the mark will be used

All other documents will be prepared and submitted by our company SLOVAKIAINVEST.RU.

When registering the trademark only for Slovakia the fee is 165.50 euro for three classes of goods or services that is much lower than the European trademark registration. Our services cost 399 euro. Cost of checking of already registered trademarks in Slovakia is 99 euro.

Our services of trademark registration in Slovakia include:

  • checking if a trademark meets all legal requirements
  • verification of already registered trademarks for the absence of the registered trade mark, checking brand names operating in the whole EU, as well as trademarks, operating separately in each EU state
  • preparing of application and all other documents for registration of a trademark
  • tracking of the registration process and solution of possible issues
  • getting a certificate of trademark registration

 

Trademark registration in several countries

Using the services of the company SLOVAKIAINVEST.RU, you can register a trademark not only in Slovakia and the EU countries but also in Slovakia together with any other country including for example Turkey or Russia. In it should be noted that it is much cheaper to register a trade mark in several EU countries for example in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland than to register the European trademark.

Documents required for registration of trademarks only in selected countries:

  • identification of the applicant
  • image or reproduction of the registered mark. In the case three-dimensional trade mark registration one should provide its two-dimensional image.
  • list of goods or services for which the mark will be used

All other documents will be prepared and submitted by our company SLOVAKIAINVEST.RU.

When registering a trademark in selected countries the fee is $ 99.50 euro per three classes of goods or services plus additional fee separately for each country, the amount of which depends on the country. Cost of our services is 499 euro. Checking of registered trademarks in selected countries costs 149 euro.

The cost of our services on trademark registration in several countries includes:

  • checking if a trademark meets all legal requirements
  • verification of already registered trademarks for the absence of the registered trade mark, checking brand names operating in the whole EU, as well as trademarks, operating separately in each EU state
  • preparing of application and all other documents for registration of a trademark
  • tracking of the registration process and solution of possible issues
  • getting a certificate of trademark registration
     


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