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Register a Trademark in Cyprus

Trademark Registration in Cyprus

A trade mark registration is a cost effective way of protecting your brand. Our team of trademark lawyers will support you throughout the trademark registration process.

Our Cyprus law firm provides simple, fast & affordable trademark registration for Cyprus, UK, EU, US, Middle East and also Worldwide trademark registrations.

Cyprus Trademark Registration

In Cyprus, trademarks are regulated by the Trademark Law as amended in 2006 and the Control of Goods Infringing the Movement of Intellectual Property Rights Law of 2018.

Cyprus adheres to all EU Directives and also to:

  • the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property,
  • the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Convention,
  • the Madrid Protocol,
  • the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

A trademark can be a word, a phrase, a symbol or a design which identifies and differentiates the business’ source of products and services from those of other businesses, and it shows the commercial origin and the quality of these products and services. It has the power to distinguish goods, services and whole businesses.

Some examples include slogans and logos. The term “trademark” is often used in a generic sense to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

The 3 types of Trademarks include:

Trademarks and Service Marks: These phrases, words, or symbols define a company’s goods or services. However, a service mark indicates a service, while a trademark indicates a good.

Collective Marks: These are just like trademarks, except they identify a greater group. With collective marks, members of a group can profit from a single trademark.

Certification Marks: These marks cover the characteristics of a product. For example, if something is 100 percent cotton, it could fall under a certification mark.

Unlike patents and copyrights, trademarks do not lapse after a set period of time. Trademarks are renewable.

The brand is part of your intellectual property and is critical to the success of your business.

Important Aspects of a Trademerk

  • Protecting your brand.
  • Acquisition of an asset.
  • Protection against competing marks.
  • Determining your rights.
  • Counterfeiting and Fraud Prevention.
  • Avoiding future costly conflicts through the Court route.

This is how your customers recognize you. Your brand is what differentiates your products from others and reflects your values. It is perhaps your most valuable asset.

If you have a business then you have a brand. It’s how customers find you. Your brand differentiates your products from the rest and embodies your values. It can be your most valuable asset.

Your trademark is part of your intellectual property and is critical to your success as a business.

In some countries, you can also get protection even if your trademark is not registered, as long as it is used. However, it’s a good idea to register to get the best possible protection.

The only condition imposed on a registered mark is that it must be clearly defined. otherwise neither you nor your competitors will be sure what it covers.

It’s important to note that just because you have a trademark doesn’t mean you own a monopoly regarding your symbol, logo, or name. You only control the interest over that name or logo and the association between your goods or services.

Cyprus Trademark Application Process

For filing the application, we will require:

    • A description of the mark and the product it will represent.
    • Passport and recent utility bill of trademark owner or company documents if corporate client.

The Registrar, upon receipt of the application, publishes the trademark in the Official Gazette of Cyprus for a period of 3 months, to allow people with reasonable grounds to object.

When no objection is filed, the trademark is officially and successfully registered, and the Registrar issues a Certificate of registration, together with a copy of the trademark.

The whole procedure will usually take approximately six to seven months. If there is an objection, then the process may be longer and is often followed by a Court hearing or Arbitration, between two or more opposing parties.

Trademark Services offered by our Firm

Chambers & Co provide complete trademark registration services in Cyprus, UK, EU, US, Middle East and also Worldwide trademark registrations. Using our Online Trademark Registration Form, the application can be completed in a matter of minutes.

With every trademark application, we conduct our own trademark search as no automated software system can provide or replicate the same advice as an experienced trademark expert. We extend the search and also advise on whether the proposed trademark would comply with current applicable trademark law.

If your trademark cannot be registered, or it is not sensible to file it, we will tell you and work with you to find an alternative, if that is appropriate.

We undertake:

    • Free Pre-Check for any conflicts with similar earlier Marks.
    • File Preparation & Completeness Check.
    • Check based on the Legal Framework of Trademarks and the conditions before the Declaration of Trademark Filing.
    • Suggestions for Improvements or necessary changes concerning elements of the Trademark.
    • Process monitoring up to and including the Decision on Trademark Declaration.

In addition to the above trademark registration services, Chambers & Co also undertake:

        • Oppositions to applications for trademark registration.
        • Renewals of trademark registrations.
        • Devising & policing international trademark protection programmes.
        • Transferring title to registered trademarks by assignments.
        • Claims for injunctions & damages in infringement of registered trademark and passing off proceedings.
        • Proceedings for the revocation of registered trademarks & challenges to validity.
        • Negotiating & documenting trademark licences and franchising
          securing & transferring domain names.
        • Devising & policing domain name clean-up programmes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Trademarks are signs used in commerce to identify products.

Your brand is the symbol by which your customers recognize you. It distinguishes you from your competitors. You can protect and further exploit your mark by registering it.

A phrase, word, symbol, device, or even a color are all eligible for a trademark. Anything that distinguishes the goods of your party or company from another qualifies. However, the item must be used in a commercial setting to obtain protection from the law.

Originally, only goods could be trademarked, but the law now protects both goods and services. However, you can’t trademark:

        • Proper names or likenesses without consent from the person.
        • Generic terms, phrases, or the like.
        • Government symbols or insignia.
        • Vulgar or disparaging words or phrases.
        • Immoral, deceptive, or scandalous words or symbols.
        • Sounds or short motifs. These are covered by copyright instead.
        • A mark that contains an indication of the type, quality, quantity, destination, cost, geographical origin or time of production of goods or provision of services.
        • A mark that has become common in colloquial or established trading practice.
        • A mark that consists exclusively of the shape of the product.
        • A mark which is contrary to public policy or moral values.
        • A mark which may mislead the public regarding the nature, quality, or geographic origin of a product or service.
        • A mark which contains a crest, flag, or other emblems of the countries of the European Union without the permission of the competent authorities, or a symbol, emblem, crest, or mark of religious significance.
        • A mark which is contrary to the legislation on the protection of designations of origin and geographical indications, traditional wine terms, guaranteed traditional special products.
        • Where an application for registration was filed by an applicant in bad faith.

Trademarks in Cyprus have 10 year validity from the initial registration and may then be renewed for further 10-year periods.

The submission of an application for renewal can be made within a period of six (6) months from the end of the ten (10) year protection period. 

The ® symbol, also known as a registered trademark, is also the most widespread as it distinguishes the generic trademarks of fully competitive products and services, in contrast to the ™ symbol, also known as ‘trademark’, which distinguishes brands of a more oligopolistic nature and inventions of words, names and illustrations (design). The © symbol, also known as copyright, is found in phrases, books and related copyrights. Commonly, ® and ™ refer to commercial and industrial property, while the © symbol refers to intellectual property rights.

The registration of a trademark can concern both the logo-brand of the company and individual products. Goods and services are divided internationally into 45 categories, also known as goods classes. From 1 to 35 we find the goods, while from 36 to 45 the services are categorized. Depending on the categories covered by a mark, it is then filed and registered in the corresponding trade classes, whether it concerns a general company mark or a specific product.

Logically, the registration of a trademark is also an added value for the company.

Of course, it is enough to think that a registered trademark is an asset, with all the characteristics of assets such as being bought, sold, seized and given away. The registration of a trademark automatically raises the value of a business and this is clearly seen in its valuation, in the case of a sale of the business.  A business without a registered mark has a lower net worth value compared to the case of a sale of a business with a registered trademark and the reputation that has been created through that trademark. Therefore, the registration of a trademark is a clear added value to its business.

Of course they can, firstly because they can operate as sole proprietorships and secondly because a trademark, which has been approved by the Department of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property, can be registered by law to any person, natural or legal, regardless of size or industry.

A national trade mark provides protection only in the Member State in which it is registered, while an EU trade mark gives its holder an exclusive right in all existing and future EU Member States.

It is solely up to applicants to decide whether they wish to register their mark at national, regional, EU or international level.

Yes, a mark can be used at any stage, even before the application is filed. However, such use does not guarantee registration of the mark.

They differ in terms of the basic function they perform. The purpose of the design is essentially to determine the shape of the product.

The mark is additionally applied to the product itself. The basic function of the trademark is to identify the commercial origin of specific products and/or services.

The existence of prior rights constitutes a relevant ground of inadmissibility for the rejection of the EU trade mark registration. The Office does not examine the relevant grounds of inadmissibility ex officio. Therefore, the EU trade mark application is published in the EU trade mark bulletin and interested parties may file an opposition within 3 months of publication in order to protect earlier rights that may be infringed by the future EU trade mark.

Owners of earlier rights who wish to protect them should therefore consult the EU trade mark bulletin, since every new EU trade mark application is published in it.

Yes, any sign that meets the requirements of the EU trade mark regulation can be registered as a trade mark. By registering your company name and/or logo you will ensure better protection of your trademark and reputation. Registration gives you the ability to prevent third parties from using or registering marks that are the same or confusingly similar to your business marks.

Trademark Registration in Cyprus

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