Registering a trademark in Romania involves conducting a comprehensive trademark search, preparing and submitting the application, undergoing a formal examination, publication and opposition period, and ultimately obtaining the trademark certificate. The entire process typically takes around 12-18 months, depending on various factors. For further information and assistance, consult the OSIM website (https://www.osim.ro/en/) or consider seeking guidance from a local attorney or intellectual property specialist.
Conduct a Trademark Search
Before beginning the registration process, it is crucial to conduct a thorough trademark search to ensure that your desired trademark is not already in use. The Romanian State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM) provides an online database where you can perform a search: https://www.osim.ro/. It is also advisable to seek guidance from a local attorney or intellectual property specialist to assist with the search and evaluation.
Prepare and Submit the Application
Once you have confirmed the availability of your trademark, you need to prepare and submit the trademark application. The application form can be obtained from the OSIM website (https://www.osim.ro/en/services/forms-and-fees/) or by visiting their office. Your 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 required fees, to the OSIM. The fee structure can be found on the OSIM website (https://www.osim.ro/en/services/forms-and-fees/).
Upon receipt of the trademark application, the OSIM will conduct a formal examination to ensure compliance with the necessary requirements. If any deficiencies are identified, you will be notified and given a specific period to address them. The examination process typically takes around 3-6 months.
Publication of the Trademark Application
If your application successfully passes the examination stage, it will be published in the Official Bulletin of Industrial Property. This publication triggers a three-month opposition period, during which third parties have the opportunity to raise objections to your trademark application.
Registration and Issuance of the Trademark Certificate
If no opposition is filed during the opposition period, or if opposition issues are resolved in your favor, the OSIM will proceed with the registration of your trademark and issue a trademark certificate. The registration process usually takes around 9-12 months from the date of application.
Renewal and Maintenance
Trademarks registered in Romania are initially valid for ten years from the date of application. To maintain your trademark, you must 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.