Registering a trademark in Poland involves conducting a trademark search, preparing and submitting the application, undergoing a formal examination, publication and opposition period, and ultimately obtaining the trademark certificate. The entire process generally takes around 8-15 months, depending on various factors. For further information and assistance, refer to the Polish Patent Office's website (https://uprp.pl/en/) or consider consulting with a local attorney or intellectual property specialist.
Conduct a Trademark Search
Before initiating the registration process, it is crucial to conduct a comprehensive trademark search to ensure your desired trademark does not infringe upon existing trademarks. The Polish Patent Office (PPO) provides an online database for conducting trademark searches, accessible at https://bazy.uprp.pl/. It is also recommended to consult with a local attorney or intellectual property specialist for assistance.
Prepare and Submit the Application
Once you have confirmed the uniqueness of your trademark, you need to prepare and submit the trademark application. The application form can be accessed online through the PPO's website (https://uprp.pl/). The application should include:
- Name and address of the applicant
- A clear representation of the trademark
- A list of goods and services for which the trademark will be used, classified according to the Nice Classification
- Submit the completed application along with the necessary fees to the PPO. The current fee information can be found on the PPO's website (https://uprp.pl/en/fees/).
Upon receiving the trademark application, the PPO will conduct a formal examination to ensure all requirements are met. If any deficiencies are found, you will be notified and given a deadline to address them. The examination process typically takes 2-3 months.
Publication of the Trademark Application
If your application successfully passes the examination stage, it will be published in the Official Trademarks Bulletin. This publication initiates a three-month opposition period, during which third parties have the opportunity to file objections against your trademark application.
Registration and Issuance of the Trademark Certificate
If no opposition is filed during the opposition period or any opposition is successfully resolved, the PPO will register your trademark and issue a certificate of registration. The registration process typically takes 6-9 months from the date of application.
Renewal and Maintenance
Trademarks registered in Poland are valid for ten years from the date of registration and can be renewed indefinitely for successive ten-year periods. It is important to file renewal applications within six months before the expiration date or during a six-month grace period following the expiration date. Additional fees apply for late renewals.