European Union trade mark

What symbols can constitute a European Union trade mark?

Any symbol that can be represented graphically, in particular, words, including names of people, drawings, letters, numbers, product shapes or their displays, on the condition that such symbols be appropriate for distinguishing the products or services of one company from those of other companies.

Where is the European Union trade mark effective?

The European Union trade mark affects the entire European Union.

The European Union trade mark is a singular mark; it may only be applied for and, if appropriate, granted for the whole of the European Union.

Where should community trademark applications be submitted?

Applications may be submitted directly to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (, based in Alicante, in Avda. de Europa, 4, 03008 Alicante. Applications may also be submitted to the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (, which is based in Madrid, Paseo de la Castellana, 75, 28046 Madrid. In these cases, the SPTO will forward the application to the OHIM, and a receipt and issuing fee will be applied (link to trademark fees).

Application forms


How long does the community trademark remain in effect?

The community trademark is granted for a period of 10 years from the application date. The registration may be renewed indefinitely for subsequent 10 year periods.

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