A trademark is a unique identifier for products and services of a company. There are various forms of trademarks, e.g. two-dimensional word marks or word/figurative marks, colors or three-dimensional shapes or sound marks.
A trademark must be registered at the DPMA (German Patent and Trademark Office) in Munich. If the trademark is to be protected throughout Europe, this can be achieved by filing an application with the Office for Harmonization. One application is then sufficient for the entire EU. Other countries can be reached according to the Madrid Agreement by filing an application with the International Bureau in Geneva (WIPO).
Before filing an application, a thorough search is required in order not to infringe any other trademarks. We accompany companies from the search, through the registration process, to legal disputes that become necessary due to infringement of the registered trademark by third parties.