A trademark registered at the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM) is protected only on the Romanian territory. The trademark owner can register the same brand at international level in the largest countries in the world or even at the level of the entire European Union, according to Pavel, Margarit & Associates Romanian Law Firm.
Thus, the Madrid Protocol allows the international registration of a trademark in a country or several countries that have signed this Protocol through a single application filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization located in Geneva. In order to register a trademark worldwide this trademark must be already registered in Romania at State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM), to have a registration certificate issued by OSIM.
Currently, the Madrid Protocol has 102 members, including the largest states around the world such as the United States of America, China, Japan, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, France etc.
Another option to extend the protection of a trademark is to file a European Union trademark application with the European Union Office for Intellectual Property (EUIPO) based in Spain, Alicante. Trademarks registered here are protected in all EU countries, including Romania.
”The trademark registration procedure is quite complicated, but a lawyer in the field of Intellectual Property can advise you on the best way to get the desired result. Additionally, a law firm can provide you with counseling once this trademark has been registered, for example, if counterfeiting occurs”, said Radu Pavel, Managing Partner of Pavel, Margarit & Associates Romanian Law Firm.
At the same time, if you have already registered a trademark at international level, you may expand trademark protection in other countries too. In this case, you can opt for further designation, which can be done directly at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). You also have the alternative to resume the procedure through a new application for those countries where you intend to expand the trademark. Differences between the two types of proceedings are found in the fees paid.
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