International trademark registration services and legal rights

International trademark registration

International trademark registration

As a recognised Malta Company Formation and Malta Company Services provider, we offer international trademark registration services that may protect your intellectual property, alongside advantageous international tax planning management for the commercial exploitation of such trademarks (and other intellectual property).

What is a trademark? A trademark can be a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes a company or a product. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organization, or any legal entity. The most common forms of trademarks are brand names, slogans, and logos.

How to register a trademark?

Our assistance in the process of International Trademark Registration may include the following:

• researching availability of the trademark you are planning to use for your business;
• filing an application through 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. Trademark registration may usually be renewed for further periods, and we are able to assist.

Where to register a trademark?

We recommend registering your trademark first of all in the jurisdictions or countries where your company currently operates in or trades with. You should also consider registering your trademark in jurisdictions or countries you may operate in or trade with in the future.

Advantages of international trademark registration

Trademark Registration grants you intellectual property rights that may distinguish your brand identity from other enterprises, potentially maing it easier to expand into new markets. Some of the main advantages of international trademark registration are:

• 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

What is the Madrid Protocol / the Madrid System?

The Protocol of the Madrid Agreement concerning international registration of marks is a treaty that allows for registration of a trademark in any country that has joined the Madrid Protocol (up to 115 countries) by filing a single application in one language paying one set of fees.

The Madrid System can be used by a Maltese company registered in Malta.

What can be registered as a trademark?

When selecting the characteristics of your international trademark, you should be aware what may be protected. A trademark may include:

• Sounds
• Words
• Colors
• Logos
• A Combination of the above

Note: A trademark cannot be offensive, misleading, non-distinctive state symbols.

International trademark office

As globally recognized Malta tax advisors, we assist both individuals and companies with registering their intellectual property and advise on a number of 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.