Registering a trademark in French Guiana involves several steps, including 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 French Guiana for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the provided resources, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in French Guiana. Always adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The initial step is conducting a preliminary search to verify that your proposed trademark is not identical or similar to any existing ones. The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of France, which also covers French Guiana, provides a database for this search. You can access the database at this link: https://bases-marques.inpi.fr/
Step 2: Application
Once you've ensured there are no conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the INPI. 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 INPI
After the application is received, the INPI will examine it to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Trademark Law. The INPI will also assess whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
If the application passes the examination, the INPI will publish it in the Official Bulletin to allow 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 EUR 210 (as of 2023) for electronic filing. 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 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/