Many businesses identify their goods and services through the use of logos, words, letters, numbers, drawings, symbols, sounds or other multimedia content. This serves to distinguish the goods and services from those offered by other businesses.
Have you thought about registering your business trademark?
Trademark registration is one of the best ways to defend your brand and prevent others from using it without your permission. Such permission can be granted, for value, by means of licensing.
There is no legal obligation to register a trademark, however, it does prevent others from benefiting from the reputation and goodwill established by you. Once a trademark is registered, you can issue infringement proceedings against any party who uses the trademark without your permission or licence.
The Process of Trademark Registration
Applications for trademark registration in Ireland are processed through the Irish Patents Office.
Once the application is submitted:
- It is examined by a trademark attorney to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
- A search of national and European databases is carried out to ensure there are no similar or identical trademarks registered or pending. If there are, then registration may be refused.
- Once the trademark attorney is satisfied that the proposed trademark is capable of registration, it is advertised in the Official Journal of the Patents Office and objections / oppositions are invited.
- If no such opposition or objection is lodged within 3 months, then a Certificate of Registration is issued.
- This Certificate of Registration is valid for a period of 10 years at which stage the trademark needs to be renewed.
How Can We Help Your Business
Experienced trademark professionals may assist you with the trademark registration process;
- Completing and submitting the application for registration,
- Engaging with the Patents Office on your behalf,
- Dealing with any third party objections and processing registration renewals.
Over the last 35 years, Pearse Trust has assisted many clients in their trademark registrations. To find out more, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reach out to you.