Registering your trademark in Spain and in the territories where you operate is very important because it adds value to your product.
Trademarks are signs used in trade to identify the products or services. They are the essence of any business. Once you have registered your trade mark, you become the legal owner and you can protect it from third parties who intent to use it without your consent.
Registering a trademark in Spain and in the EU
Option A: Trademark registration in Spain
If you choose this option, you should know that this process entails two steps: application and granting of the trade mark. It usually takes between 6 and 8 months until the application is processed and the registration is made.
Stages during the registration process
- Examination stage– following the trademark registration application to the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office and within one month the application will be published.
- Opposition period– any third party may within two-month period oppose if they consider the said application harms them. Also, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office verify that the application complies with the requirements pursuant to the Trademarks Law.
- Trademark registration– if no one appeals and the application complies with all requirements by law, the trademark is granted for a period of ten years, extendable for ten-year periods as many times as the holder desires.
Option B: CTM Registration
The CTM registration process is the same as the registration in Spain- Examination period, Opposition period (three months in this case) and the Trademark Registration. The CTM, however, is registered with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).
Registering your trademark at EU level brings many benefits, as one single application will protect your brand in all 28 Member States of the European Union. This offers you the possibility to protect your brand in a market of almost 500 million consumers.