We help clients with trademark protection all over the world.
Bjerkéns Patentbyrå has extensive experience in managing trademark matters and helping clients in areas such as:
- drafting trademark applications so as to optimise the trademark protection,
- filing trademark applications in Sweden, the EU and internationally through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),
- filing trademark applications abroad via our international contacts,
- searching relevant registers for similar trademarks,
- replying to refusal decisions and correspondence from relevant authorities,
- monitoring time limits, such as those pertaining to renewals,
- monitoring trademarks in the registers,
- opposing trademark applications of others
- assessing infringements,
- defending exclusive rights to trademarks,
- assisting in legal conflicts in a court of law,
- drafting licensing agreements, transfer agreements and the like, for trademarks.
We can also support clients in domain name matters, for example registration and renewal of domain names, and assessment and management of infringements related to domain names.
What is a trademark?
A trademark can be a word mark, i.e. composed of one or several words, or an image mark (logo) that is composed of a symbol. A trademark can also be made up of a sound, a moving image, a shape or a packaging.
Exclusive rights to a trademark are only valid for the goods or services for which the trademark is registered. Bjerkéns Patentbyrå is specialised in this area and we draft classifications of goods and services based on the specific needs and wishes of each client.
Protect your trademark and increase the value of your business.
In which countries is my trademark protected?
Trademark protection can be obtained in Sweden by filing an application at the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV). For protection within the EU (which includes Sweden), applications should be filed at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It is also possible to apply for an international trademark registration, in accordance with the Madrid Protocol, which is administered by WIPO.
For how long is the protection valid?
A trademark protection may theoretically last forever. However, in Sweden and the EU, the trademark needs to be renewed every ten years after filing or registration. Provided that this renewal takes place, the protection remains in force.