If the opinion resulting from the trademark search indicates that your trademark is available and can be filed, Arnold + Siedsma will take care of the actual application for trademark protection with the designated official body or bodies. Obtaining a trademark registration is the only way that you can acquire an exclusive right to a trademark.
Our trademark attorneys are expert at every facet of registration and supervise the procedure from start to finish. The scope of our activities is not limited to the Benelux, but extends to all countries where registration is desired and possible, anywhere in the world.
The products and/or services
A trademark is registered for specific products and/or services. The specification of these products and/or services is known as classification. It is important to think carefully about the products and/or services for which you intend to use your trademark, now and in the near future. These produ ... Read more
Where to protect?
Worldwide trademark protection can be arranged if required. Although the procedures for trademark registrations in some cases differ from one another, the ultimate aim is the same: an exclusive right to your trademark in a geographical area that is of interest to you (National, Benelux, Europe or ... Read more
A trademark can be filed in any country where registration is desired and possible, anywhere in the world. This can be done directly via the designated official body in the relevant country. Arnold + Siedsma has access to a global partner network to make this happen for you. Arnold + Siedsma can s ... Read more
Trademark registration for the Benelux takes place at the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) in The Hague. A Benelux registration offers protection in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. These three countries have no separate protection facility for trademarks. Read more
With one registration at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, Spain, it is possible to obtain a Community trademark. A Community registration is regarded as a uniform whole and offers protection in all 27 EU member states. Read more
An International Registration is obtained from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva. This involves a bundle of national trademark registrations for countries which are members of this Organisation (currently around 80 countries), whereby you can choose for yourself the cou ... Read more
In the case of all procedures, a check will first be carried out to make sure that the formal requirements have been met (for example, fees have been paid), after which a filing date and filing number are allocated to the application. In various countries, including countries in the Benelux and th ... Read more
Duration of the procedure
The duration of the registration procedure for a trademark can vary, in most cases between three and six months, but sometimes the procedure may take several years. In all cases, the filing date in principle determines which registration is the oldest. Therefore, no matter how long the registratio ... Read more
Term of protection
A trademark registration is normally valid for 10 years from the trademark application filing date, and the protection can be extended without limitation by periods of 10 years. Read more