Registering a trademark in the Czech Republic involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing 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 the Czech Republic for ten years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the provided resources, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in the Czech Republic. Be sure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The first step is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark is not identical or too similar to an existing one. The Industrial Property Office (IPO) of the Czech Republic provides a database for this search. Access the database at this link: https://isdv.upv.cz
Step 2: Application
If the preliminary search reveals no conflicting trademarks, you can proceed to file an application with the IPO. The application should include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
Step 3: Examination by IPO
After receiving the application, the IPO will examine it to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Trademark Law. The IPO will also determine if the proposed trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, the IPO will publish the application in the Official Bulletin. This publication allows third parties to oppose the registration of the trademark within three months from the date of publication.
Step 5: Registration
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 CZK 3,000 (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's website.
The entire process, from application to registration, typically takes between 6 to 9 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Industrial Property Office (IPO): https://www.upv.cz/en.html