Filing Trademark Applications in EU Member States
Online National Applications in up to 27 EU Member States in a Single Window System
Welcome to the online national trademark application subsite of Trademark.eu. This is a service for acquiring national trademarks in the European Union. We are pleased to recommend you this service, which will enable you to file trademark applications in any EU Member State through the professional national partners of Georg Pintz & Partners. We wish to start the service in each country and make it available to clients as soon as possible. Please note that the online national trademark application service is provided by the local partners of Trademark.eu. Georg Pintz & Partners is only a transmitting agent mediating the service for its users.
General Information on Filing
Here you can file the trademark application with legal representation in the appropriate Member State. You can save a lot of money through this e-service. You can choose a professional interface and a standard or beginner’s interface of filing. On the standard interface we will guide and assist you in creating the list of goods and services according to the Nice Classification. If you are using the standard interface then the list of goods may only contain the language included in the class headings of the Nice Classification. This way you can make no mistakes when choosing the appropriate goods/services. Therefore individuals who are not professionals are suggested to choose the standard interface (moreover we provide EUR 50 per country discount at standard filing). On the professional interface however, it is your responsibility that the mark you pick meets the legal requirements of registration (e.g. it must have a distinctive character regarding the goods/services), and that you choose the appropriate goods/services. By professional filing the Nice Classification is available in the major European languages to help you create your list of goods and services.
After you have filled in and sent the forms you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application. The trademark attorneys of Georg Pintz & Partners forward the application to the national partners, who handle and check the applications and file them to the national Trademark Office.
If you are planning to file a new application, please note that neither Georg Pintz & Partners nor the local representative conduct a search for previous conflicting trademarks unless you order such a service. We suggest that you should conduct a similarity search using our professional search service. This service is considered an additional service, please check the business conditions for details.
When choosing your trademark please make sure that the mark is not solely descriptive (devoid of any distinctive character) in relation with the goods and services you choose. Please note that even if the mark complies with this requirement there may be other reasons why it cannot be registered as a trademark. If our office or any of our Local Partners find that the mark you have chosen is not suitable for trademark registration, the trademark application will be filed in all countries except in the country where the local representative deemed the mark unsuitable for filing.
Fees at each country
The basic service fee is in general EUR 145, which includes 1 or 3 classes depending on the country. In addition to the basic fee there is a fee of EUR 95 for each additional class of goods or services. The basic official fee of the trademark application depends on the regulation of the respective country (for more information see our special business conditions, the application form or the Fee calculator). If your application covers more than 1 or 3 classes then an extra official fee is also appliable for each additional class. We charge EUR 45 for disbursements. Please note that these are only the filing fees and that there may be other fees as well in the country you choose that are charged by the local representative directly, e.g. the registration fee (please check the business conditions). A bank handling fee is also charged (3 %).
ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You can pay with international bank cards VISA and Mastercard.
When submitting an application on the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) interface you are connected directly to our Bank (K&H). Georg Pintz & Partners does not receive or handle any information related to your card, only receives a short message about the payment from the bank.
The bank has a secure 128-bit encrypting key to protect the communication channel. VeriSign certified K&H Bank to use this 128-bit key, based upon which it ensures the application of SSL-based encryption. This encryption method is applied in 90 % of today’s global e-commerce. The browser program (Internet Explorer or Firefox) used by you (the client) encrypts the cardholder\'s data before transmission. This means that the information given by you gets to the destination in an encoded form and no unauthorised party is able to interpret or to use it.
VAT (Value Added Tax)
After having submitted the application you may print the debit note. Generally Georg Pintz & Partners does not charge any value added tax (except for Hungarian clients). A 20 % VAT is charged in addition to the service fee if the addressee of invoice (applicant) is a resident of the European Union but does not send us his VAT identification number. The official fee is free of VAT in each case.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages are correct. However, not every detail of trademark law is covered. The contents of this site are for information only and we do not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.
Important notice (please read before proceeding to start the search)
Trademark owners may get in contact with companies which offer to publish their trademarks for a considerable amount of money in a non-official register, published by these companies. It is not correct to think that any trademark right is associated with these proposals. It is therefore strongly recommended to refuse these sorts of offers.
If you have searched through the database of the OHIM and other European countries and you think that the results are favourable to you, do keep in mind that this does not guarantee that your trademark will be entered in the register. Not only identical trademarks, but also older similar trademarks can object your application. Also, if you have not met the necessary legal requirements the national offices may decide not to register your trademark, especially in case of a refusal on absolute grounds.
Absolute grounds of refusal:
The Trademark Offices are authorized to refuse trademarks on specific legal grounds. The ‘sign’ is not eligible for registration if:
- the mark has no distinctive character;
- the mark is contrary to morality or public order;
- the mark might mislead the public; or
- the mark consists of a flag or an emblem protected by the Paris Convention.