European Union

General information

    • Valid Nice Classification  – NCL 11-2017

    • 1 EUTM application is valid in all 28 countries

    • No publication, granting fees

  • Specific

    • There are more than 135 000 TMs in EUIPO register every year . So, you should apply for mark registration for exact goods and services you work with (not for all in class). It allows you to save time and money for oppositions and goods/services limitations.
    • The goods and services should be specified as accurately and precisely as possible. We help you to adapt your list of goods for EUTM filing taking Search results into account.
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  • Procedure 

Registration period –  about 10 months from the date of filing. Proof of registration – Certificate (on-line only). We work hard with our clients before the filing the application. We take into account the search report and make our recomendations about  goods and services and mark details. 

Step Term Official notification
Filing an application 1 day Notification with entr. number, Name of applicant, Date and time of filing
Formal examination 2 months from the date of filing fee payment Notification. If the BPO detects any error, they will send Notification with proposition to correct it. 2 months to answer.
Examination of absolute grounds for refusal  after previous step Notification. If the application doesn’t meet requirements, they will send Notification. 2 months to answer.
Publication 1 moth after previous step Notification about publication
Opposition period  3 months from the date of publication  
  1-3 months Certificate and publication

Requirements

1. The Applicant details

Legal Entity Physical person
The full official name (Engl. translitaration) The Name (as it is in the passport and/or Engl. transliteration)
 A Legal address  An address

  2. The image of the TM (jpg), The verbal elements, other 3. Goods and services / classes NCL11-2017 (we‘ll help you to choose the classes for your goods/services) 4. POA (scanned copy without legalization)

Representation by a trademark attorney Foreign applicants must perform the trademark prosecution through an agent, a registered trademark attorney.

Priority document The priority document must be submitted within three months from filing a trademark application in Bulgaria.

Translation. We translate from Russian to English for free of charge.

Text  Power of attorney
Text  Fees

General information

Invention

  • Procedure

Registration period – about 2-6 years from application filing date.

Proof of registration – Certificate.

Term of validity – 20 years from the application filing date. Patent for invention can be extended in the Contracting State whose legislation provides the extension of the validity of the national patent for an invention.

What can be protected: device, method (process), substance, biotechnological product, usage of the device, method, substance, biotechnological product (use of the object for a new purpose).

Step Term Official notification Deadline
Filing application 1 day Notification with registration number, name of applicant, date and time of filing. Direct filing with claiming priority – 12 months from priority date1. PCT national phase entry in EPO – 31 months from the priority date.
Formal examination 2-4 months from application filing date Formal examination request / Notification of completion of formal examination. Responding to formal examination request – 2 months from date of receipt.
European search 6 months from application filing date European search report and Search Opinion Responding to Search Opinion objections or filing Declaration to proceed further with application – 6 months from date of receipt.
Substantive examination 1-5 years from filing of petition to proceed substantive examination Substantive examination Request / Decision of grant/refusal. Filing petition to proceed substantive examination – within 6 months from the European search report publication date1. Responding to Patent examination request – 4 months from date of receipt2.
Grant and Publication within 6 months from grant fees payment Certificate Payment of grant and publication fees and filing translations of claims – 4 months from Grant decision receipt1.
Annuity fees each year Invitation to pay annuity fees To obtain protection in certain countries European patent should meet national requirements. The amount of annuity fees depends on the number of selected countries in which the patent is maintained3.

1 – This term may be extended for 2 months, upon corresponding fee payment.

2 – This term may be extended for 12 months, upon corresponding fee payment.

3—Validity of the patent can be renewed within 6 months after expiration of payment period, amount of official fees increases by 50%.

Requirements

Invention

1. Applicant details.

Legal Entity Natural person
Full official name (English transliteration) Name (as per passport and/or English transliteration)
Legal address Address

2. Inventor details.

Natural person
Name (as per passport and/or English transliteration)
Address

3. Number of International publication (PCT procedure) or Application materials: claims, description, abstract, drawings (non-PCT procedure; international application wasn’t published).

4. English French or German translation of the application (we prepare by ourselves).

5. POA (no legalization or notarization required).

6. Certified copy of the priority application (if priority is claimed).

Representation by the invention attorney: Foreign applicants must perform the invention prosecution in EPO through an agent, a registered in EPO invention attorney.

POA and English French or German translation of the application must be submitted within 2 months from the date of filing.

Or on PCT phase English French or German translation of the application must be submitted within 31 months from priority date.

Priority documents must be submitted within 16 months from the date of filing.