Registering a trademark in France involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing examination by the INPI, 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 France 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 France. Ensure to comply with the requirements and guidelines for a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary
Search The first step in the process is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark does not bear similarity or identity to an existing one. The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of France provides a database for this search. Access the database at this link: https://bases-marques.inpi.fr/
Step 2: Application
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the INPI. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
Step 3: Examination by INPI
After receiving the application, the INPI will review it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the French Trademark Law. The INPI will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, the INPI will publish the application in the Official Bulletin of Industrial Property (BOPI). This allows third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for two 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 INPI 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 €210 for one class of goods or services (as of 2023). For each additional class, there's a fee of €42. If the application is successful, there is no 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 INPI website.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 4 to 6 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI): https://www.inpi.fr