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.
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.
- 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.
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.