How to apply for a trademark?

Examination & Registration The trademark office checks the application for: • formal requirements • trademark eligibility

• absolute grounds for refusal, and • notoriety of earlier brands. Opposition If the application complies with all the relevant criteria, the trademark is published. Holders of an earlier mark may then object, if they deem that the new registration violates their rights, because it is incompatible with relative grounds for refusal (identical/similar/risk of confusion). Notice of opposition must be filed no later that three months after publication of the registration in the relevant trademark journal (Markenblatt). The trademark is registered after the expiry of this objection period.

Trademark monitoring by Wotra

Copycats do not stand a chance! Your trademark protection is only as effective as you allow it to be. Wotra delivers trademark know-how to protect your registered brand. How can find out which trademarks are about to be registered? Wotra keeps you informed about: • Applications relating to identical trademarks • Similar trademarks—both for word and figurative marks Wotra provides trademark owners with an affordable and comprehensive trademark monitoring service. Wotra continuously monitors new trademark applications—both nationally and internationally. The main advantage of this service is the immediate and real-time trademark check to find out whether identical or similar trademarks have been filed, or domains containing one’s own trademark have been registered. Wotra checks for all aspects of brand similarity and delivers instantaneous information. In consequence, it is possible for trademark owners to avoid lots of red tape and object to a new trademark registration within three months. After this period, you would have to go to court and invest significantly more effort and money to accomplish the same.