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Germany - Register Trademark

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Introduction

Trade marks identify the goods and services of particular traders. Signs that are suitable for distinguishing products or services of a particular enterprise from that of other companies are eligible for trade mark protection. These signs may consist of words, letters, numbers, pictures, or even colours or sounds.

This procedure provides you information on how you can apply for trademark registration.

Eligibility

Anyone may file an application to register a trademark.

The applicant may be:

  • a natural person (private individual),
  • a legal person or
  • a partnerships having legal capacity

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Instructions

Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information

  • Concrete data of the applicant
  • Representation of the trade mark
  • List of goods and services

Procedure

  1. Complete an application form. A link is provided under "Documents to Use" section which you can use to download the form.
  2. Your trade mark application must contain the following:
    1. Concrete data of the applicant,
    2. a representation of the trade mark,
    3. a list of the goods and services.
  3. You can send your application in advance by fax (089/2195-4000) to the DPMA. Make sure that you send each application or other communication separately. This will make it easier for the Patent and Trademark office to match your fax documents in the trade mark department.
  4. The German Patent and Trade Mark Office will review your application for so-called absolute grounds for refusal. Signs or indications are excluded from registration if they merely describe the kind, quality or other characteristics of the goods or services claimed. The Office does not check whether similar or identical trade marks have already been registered.
  5. If the application complies with the legal requirements and if there is no obstacle to registration, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office will enter the trade mark in the register. The registration is published in the electronic Markenblatt (trade mark journal).
  6. The owner of the trademark will receive a certificate of registration.

Note: A trade mark might be cancelled at the outcome of an opposition procedure due to earlier trade mark rights.

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Required Documents

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e.g.
1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.

Fees

Minimum fee - Trademark registration : EUR 300.- (or EUR 290.- for electronic filing)

Trademark Fee - Details

Validity

A trade mark registration can be renewed indefinitely and last forever. If the renewal fee is not paid every ten years, the registration will be cancelled.

Documents to Use

Trademark Application Forms

Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Munich
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Zweibrückenstraße 12
80331 München
Germany

Mailing address:
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
80297 München
Germany

Phone: +49 89 2195-0
Fax: +49 89 2195-2221
E-mail: info@dpma.de


Berlin
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Technisches Informationszentrum Berlin
Gitschiner Straße 97
10969 Berlin
Germany

Mailing address:
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Technisches Informationszentrum Berlin
10958 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 25 992-0
Fax: +49 30 25 992-404
E-mail: info@dpma.de


Jena
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Dienststelle Jena
Goethestraße 1
07743 Jena
Germany

Mailing address:
Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Dienststelle Jena
07738 Jena
Germany

Phone: +49 3641 40-54
Fax: +49 3641 40-5690
E-mail: info@dpma.de

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Registration of a trade mark grants its owner the exclusive right to use the trade mark in relation to the protected goods and/or services. Trade mark owners can sell and assign their trade marks anytime. The owner of a trade mark can grant others a right of use of the trade mark (trade mark licence).

External Links

German Patent and Trade Mark Office

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