The Community Trademarks System In The European Union

The European Union has a Community Trademark system in place in which trademark protection is provided on a uniform basis for fifteen (15) countries. Therefore only one application has to be filed and trademark protection will be recognized in all of these countries.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What about priority?
Is there legal protection while the registration is pending?
Does the product have to be clearly marked to receive trademark protection?
What are the advantages and the disadvantages of the CTM?
What about counterfeit goods and the Community Trademark system?

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