Filing a trademark

Trademarks must be suited to distinguish identical goods and services of specific companies from others. Therefore, trademarks must be distinctive.

In principle, trademarks may consist of any distinctive signs, that can be displayed in a reproducible manner, in particular words, images, letters, numbers and colors. In addition multimedia trademarks can be protected.

Excluded from registration are, for example, signs, that

  • breach public order and good morals.

  • consist exclusively of signs which may serve, in trade, to designate the kind, quality, quantity, intended purpose, value, geographical origin or the time of production of the goods or of rendering of the service.

  • consist exclusively of signs and indications which have become customary as designation for the good or service in the current language or in the bona fide and established practices of the trade.

  • are of such a nature as to deceive the public, for instance as to the nature, quality or geographical origin of the goods or service.

Besides examination of the mentioned absolute requirements for protection it should be examined if your trademark encroaches on existing older rights. This can be found out by us within the framework of our research for older rights.

A sign can only be registered in association to those goods and services that are supposed to be branded by that sign. Hence, the classifications of goods and services have to be declared together with the trademark during the trade mark application process. Compiling the classifications of goods and services is also one of our services we offer.


1 Step 1

Examination of absolute grounds of refusal

In the first step we verify, if the application for the trade mark falls under an absolute ground of refusal.

2 Step 2

Examination of prior rights

In the framework of a search, we look into relevant databases to search for prior rights and forward the corresponding search result with a detailed report to you.

3 Step 3

Mapping out a filing strategy

After receiving your orders, we map out a filing strategy, in which we compile a classification of goods and services and, if necessary, adapt the specific embodiment of the mark. The draft will then be forwarded to you for review.

4 Step 4


After your review and optional subsequent corrections, we submit the filing documents to the respective office.

Noncommittal offer

This form should serve as a first cost estimate. Costs are incurred only after receiving your orders.

To help us tailor our services to your needs, we ask you to tell us how we can help you.

Trademarks can be any signs that distinguishes goods and services of one company from those of another company. To check if your sign is suitable as trademark, please tell us which word shall be registered or upload an illustration of the figurative.

To match the research to the fields that are relevant for you, please tell us which goods and services the trademark should be used for.

Since trademarks are territorial rights, the specification of the territorial scope of protection is necessary for developing a suitable search strategy.

Desired territorial protection

In order to facilitate getting in contact, we also ask you to provide us your e-mail address.

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