A trademark (a sign for goods and services) is a kind of business card of a manufacturer which is “handed” to a consumer being applied to manufacturer’s goods or signboard.
The main function of a trademark is to distinguish goods and services of one manufacturer from goods and services of another manufacturer.
It is important to note that a trademark is registered for specific goods and/or services, which are divided into 45 classes, according to the International Classification of Goods and Services.
Our specialists will help you select the classes that are necessary for your trademark.
WHO CAN BE THE OWNER OF A TRADEMARK?
Both a natural person and a legal entity can be the owner of a trademark.
RIGHTS OF A TRADEMARK OWNER:
A registered trademark grants to its owner the following:
- right to use the trademark;
- exclusive right to authorize another person/entity to use the trademark (to issue a license for its use to other persons/entities);
- prohibit other persons/entities from using the same trademark in respect of similar goods and/or services or a trademark that is confusingly similar to it.
STAGES OF REGISTRATION OF A TRADEMARK:
1. Preliminary search for identity and similarity.
The recommended stage with the purpose to assess the chances of getting a trademark registered and minimize the risk of denial of its registration.
2. Preparation and submission of an application.
We will analyse the results of the preliminary search and compile a package of documents for trademark registration and submit it to the state enterprise “Ukrainian Institute of Intellectual Property”.
3. Obtaining a trademark Certificate.
After a favourable decision on trademark registration and payment of state fees, a notice on the registration of the trademark is published in the Official Bulletin "Industrial Property of Ukraine" and a Ukrainian trademark certificate is issued within one month.
TRADEMARK REGISTRATION PERIOD
A trademark is normally registered within 12-18 months, or within 4-4.5 months through an accelerated registration procedure.
WHAT IS THE VALIDITY TERM OF A TRADEMARK CERTIFICATE?
The validity term of a Ukrainian trademark Certificate is 10 years from the application filing date, and validity of such certificate can be extended for another 10 years.