trademark application

Registering the name of an independent state: Andorra’s case

Andorra – the independent state : Bureaucracy problems The Principality of Andorra is not allowed to register its own name as a Union trademark.  The government of the small principality is not allowed to protect the name “ANDORRA” as a Union trademark. The figurative sign should be used for marketing various goods and services. But that was recently […]

Trademark law absolute grounds for refusal

The DPMA examines the trade mark application for absolute grounds for refusal. Absolute grounds for refusal are for example: lack of distinctiveness descriptive terms that must be kept freely available for general use danger of deceiving the public an emblem of state included in the trade mark offence against public policy or accepted principles of […]

What are trademarks?

As a rule, a trade mark is used to identify the goods and/or services of an enterprise. Signs suitable for distinguishing goods and/or services of an enterprise from those of another enterprise can be protected as trade marks. These can be, for example, words, letters, numbers, images, but also colours, holograms, multimedia signs and sounds. […]

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