International Trademark Registration Services
What is a Trademark?
A trademark can be a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes a company or a product. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organisation, or any legal entity. The most common forms of trademarks are brand names, slogans, and logos.
What can I Register as a Trademark?
When selecting the characteristics of your international trademark, you should be aware of what may be protected. A trademark may include:
- A combination of the above
Note: A trademark cannot be offensive, misleading, non-distinctive state symbols.
How to Register a Trademark?
International Trademark Registration may include the following:
- Researching the availability of the trademark you are planning to use for your business;
- Applying to your National or Regional IP Office (Office of Origin);
- Submitting an international trademark application through the same IP Office, which will certify and forward it to WIPO who conducts a formal check for availability and registerability;
If approved, your trademark is recorded in the International Register and published in the WIPO Gazette of International Marks, and a WIPO certificate is issued.
Furthermore, WIPO will notify all IP offices in the territories your trademark is protected. The Madrid Protocol may also be used to gain international registration and protection of your trademark.
Note: the longevity of trademark registration may vary from country to country, but is usually ten years. You may renew your trademark registration for further periods.
Where to Register a Trademark?
Firstly, we recommend registering your trademark in the jurisdictions or countries where your company currently operates and trades. You should also consider registering your trademark in areas you may operate in or trade with in the future.
Advantages of International Trademark Registration
Some of the main advantages of international trademark registration are:
- The attractive European trademark system
- Unique identity and brand recognition
- Legal and asset protection
- International tax planning opportunities
- Trustworthiness in the brand
- Convenience in multiple territories
Trademark Registration grants you Intellectual Property (IP) rights that may distinguish your brand identity from other enterprises. Therefore, this may potentially make it easier to expand into new markets.
International Trademark Office – Contact Us
As globally recognised Malta tax advisors, we assist both individuals and companies with registering their intellectual property (IP) and advise on several international tax planning opportunities.
For more information, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be more than happy to guide you throughout the trademark registration application process.