Registering a trademark in Liechtenstein involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by the IPO, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will grant you exclusive rights to use it in Liechtenstein for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Liechtenstein. Make sure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
Search The first step in the process is conducting a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark does not infringe upon an existing one. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of Liechtenstein provides a database for this search. Access the database at this link: https://www.ip-search.swiss/en.html (Please note that Liechtenstein and Switzerland share a patent office.)
If the search doesn't reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the IPO. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a detailed list of the goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
After the application is received, the IPO will examine it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Trademark Law. The IPO will also determine if the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Once the application passes the examination, the IPO will publish the application in the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (SOGC). This provides third parties with an opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for three months from the date of publication.
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the IPO will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately CHF 550 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the IPO website.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 6 to 9 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.