Registering a trademark in Georgia involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by Sakpatenti, 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 Georgia for ten years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Georgia. Ensure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines for a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The first step involves conducting a preliminary search to confirm that your proposed trademark isn't similar or identical to an existing one. The National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (Sakpatenti) provides a database for this search. Access the database at this link: https://sakpatenti.gov.ge/en
Step 2: Application
If the search doesn't reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with Sakpatenti. 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 Sakpatenti
Upon receipt of the application, Sakpatenti will conduct an examination to verify that it meets the requirements of the Trademark Law. They will also determine whether the proposed trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, Sakpatenti will publish the application in the Official Bulletin to give third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for 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, Sakpatenti 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 GEL 250 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. It's recommended to check the latest fees on the Sakpatenti website as these costs are subject to change.
The entire process, from application to registration, typically takes between 12 to 15 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (Sakpatenti): https://sakpatenti.gov.ge/en