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Protect your trade marks and designs in the European Union

Protect your intellectual property in the European Union


European Union trade mark regulation

Regulation (EU) No 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Amending Regulation will enter into force on 23 March 2016. From that day, the Office will be called the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Community trade mark will be called the European Union trade mark. More information

Trade marks once registered

Congratulations! You own a trade mark

However, this is not an end in itself. In fact, the most important part of your trade mark's life is just about to begin.

Your trade mark is a right. Your right. But there are no rights without obligations.
The biggest mistake you could make now is to sit back and relax.

Showing your trade mark is protected

You are advised to make it clear that your trade mark is protected and registered. This may deter potential infringements and help you in the event of any legal action.

You can use the ® symbol to show that your trade mark is registered.
You can also indicate the CTM number next to your trade mark.
Do not use ® on a mark that is not registered; because it is a criminal offence in some countries.
Page last updated 08-01-2016