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Trade marks in the European Union

Where to register

If you trade in one country of the European Union you can register your trade mark at a national office and get protection for your brand and all the value it entails where you need it.

If you do business in more than one EU country, a Community trade mark (CTM) offers you protection throughout the EU. CTMs are registered here at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). A CTM gives the owner protection for all EU Member States in one single registration. The CTM is an all-or-nothing deal: either you get it for all Member States or you do not get a CTM at all.

An online CTM application costs €900 and is filed in just one language. When we receive your application we check it and process it. Once registered, your CTM can be renewed indefinitely every ten years.

IP Bridges

National and EU systems have not been conceived to compete against each other. On the contrary, they complete and complement each other.

Links or "bridges" between them exist. Spot them throughout this site as they can prove useful to your brand strategy.

They are signalled with the following sign: Bridge icon



Benefits of registering a trade mark

  • Protects your brand value
  • Builds an asset
  • Defends against rival marks
  • Defines your rights
  • Prevents counterfeiting and fraud

Benefits of registering a Community trade mark

  • A single registration, filed online, in one language, is valid in all EU Member States
  • The CTM grants its owner an exclusive right in all current and future Member States of the European Union at a reasonable cost
  • You can enforce your trade mark in a market of almost 500 million consumers

International trade mark registration

If you have already applied for, or registered, your trade mark in another part of the world, you can obtain a CTM, when making an 'international registration (IR)', by designating the EU on the application form. You can do this using what is known as the Madrid Protocol for the international registration of marks. The Madrid Protocol is a treaty administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

For more information about this procedure please read the following FAQs:


Page last updated 03-12-2013