Register a Trademark in Germany2019-08-23T13:59:44+00:00

Register a Trademark in Germany

>>>Fastest trademark for Brand Registry<<<

If you need a trademark for Amazon Brand Registry and need it FAST, filing in Germany (or the UK) is the right decision. We call Germany “Brand Registry Champion”, as it’s by far the fastest country to achieve registration. Trademark Angel partnered up with great German lawyers to make the whole process extremely fast and efficient. We are capable of doing all types of trademark work in Germany. Trademark registration process is quite similar to the UK registration process with some important differences.

Important highlights about the German registration process:

  • There are two types of applications available:

    1. Regular application
    2. Accelerated examination application
  • In both types of applications, your application is assigned a serial number and examined after filing.

  • Your trademark is reviewed on absolute grounds and it can be refused if it is not distinctive or if the mark is merely descriptive.

  • No specimens of use are required. No use before registration is required.

  • Government fee covers up to 3 classes.

  • For a straightforward trademark application with regular examination, you are looking at 2-3 months until your trademark registers.

  • For a straightforward trademark application with accelerated examination, you are looking at 1-2 months until your trademark registers. On average it takes 20-30 days to complete registration.

  • One important difference is that German trademarks are registered first and then published for opposition purposes, so a registration number becomes available much quicker than in other countries.

  • Once a registration number is obtained, an application for Amazon Brand Registry on amazon.com can be made.

We have a designated German Trademark Attorney so we can take care of all your legal needs in Germany from filing to opposition and litigation. We can also help with other legal matters in Germany.

Pricing of Our Packages

The prices are in US$ for Germany

SAIL THROUGH

$445
  • Covers filing your application and reporting progress all the way to registration. Up 3 classes. This is our entry-level package.

ALL IN

$745
  • Covers full trademark registration, including reporting and responding to non-substantive examiner’s objections. Re-filing guarantee.

SAIL THROUGH - Accelerated

$595
  • Covers filing your application and reporting progress. No re-filing guarantee. Accelerated examination included.

ALL IN - Accelerated

$895
  • Full trademark registration, including responses to non-substantive examiner’s objections. Free re-filing. Accelerated examination included.

All our packages include legal representation before the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA).

Details about pricing packages

Government fees are not included in our packages and are extra

FAQ

Why should I consider registering my trademark in Germany?2019-08-12T16:23:26+00:00

If you are an Amazon seller and you urgently need a trademark for Amazon Brand Registry, then Germany is the best choice. Typically, trademarks are registered by the German trademark office within 3 to 4 weeks, in accelerated trademark application proceedings often in 2 to 3 weeks.

Of course, filing in Germany is advisable as well if you sell your products in Germany or if you have a business in Germany.

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What is required in order to file a trademark application in Germany?2019-08-12T16:26:03+00:00

Entity Type (Company/Individual);

The legal form of the company (examples: Ltd., LLC, LLP etc.);

The full address of the applicant;

The trademark name;

If you are filing for a logo, a copy of the logo as a JPEG file; the logo can be in black/white or in color;

The products which you sell or plan to sell under your trademark (provide a list – please be as specific as possible);

The services which you offer or plan to offer under your trademark (provide a list – please be as specific as possible).

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What is the fastest way to obtain a trademark for Brand Registry purposes?2019-08-13T09:35:56+00:00

The fastest way to get a trademark registered for Brand Registry is to file a word mark (without logo) or a black/white logo in Germany using the accelerated examination option. It takes 3-7 weeks with the accelerated examination option and about 2-3 months with regular examination.

We always file electronically so this ensures the fastest processing of the trademark application.

Also, in our experience, trademarks filed in a single class results in the quickest registration.

Filing in the UK or the EU will also ensure a quick entry into Brand Registry (about 3.5-4 months).

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Is Germany a first-to-use or first-to-file country?2019-08-12T16:27:34+00:00

Germany is a “first-to-file” country, so it’s best to file your trademark in Germany as soon as you determined that you are going to need protection there. Ownership of a trademark is determined on a first-to-file basis.

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What is the trademark classification in Germany?2019-08-12T16:28:02+00:00

German trademark classification system is based on the NICE classification system (1-34 for products and 35-45 services).

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Do you do a free trademark search in Germany?2019-08-12T16:28:37+00:00

We offer free identical trademark searches (order on our website).

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Trademark Registration Process in Germany?2019-08-12T16:29:13+00:00

When a trademark application is filed, the German Trademark Office will review the application. Then an official receipt will be issued within a day and sent out by regular mail. The German trademark office will review the submission and registers the mark within 3 to 4 weeks if the German trademark offices see no problems with the trademark application. In accelerated trademark application proceedings, the registration will often happen within 2 to 3 weeks. Your trademark will then receive a registration number and be published for opposition purposes. The opposition period is 3 months. The German trademark stays registered during an opposition proceeding.

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What marks are not registrable as a trademark in Germany?2019-08-12T16:30:10+00:00

Absolute grounds for refusal

The German Trademark Act lists some absolute grounds for the refusal of a trademark application. The following trademarks cannot be registered:

  • which are devoid of any distinctive character for the goods or services;
  • which consist exclusively of signs or indications which may serve, in trade, to designate the kind, quality, quantity, intended purpose, value, geographical origin or the time of production of the goods or of rendering of the services, or other characteristics of the goods or services;
  • which consist exclusively of signs or indications which have become customary in the current language or in the bona fide and established practices of the trade to designate the goods or services;
  • which are of such a nature as to deceive the public, for instance as to the nature, quality or geographical origin of the goods or services;
  • which are contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality;
  • which contain state coats of arms, state flags or other state symbols or coats of arms of a domestic locality or of a domestic municipal or other local authority association;
  • which contain official signs or hallmarks indicating control or warranty;
  • which contain coats of arms, flags or other signs, seals or designations of international intergovernmental organizations;
  • the use of which can evidently be prohibited in the public interest in accordance with other provisions.

Relative grounds for refusal

  • If identical or similar trademarks are registered in Germany or as an EU trademark or as an international trademark with protection in Germany.

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Can surnames or names be registered in Germany?2019-08-12T16:30:44+00:00

Names or surnames can be registered as German trademarks, but, of course, they must possess a distinctive character.

The biggest problem with a registered first name or surname is that one cannot claim exclusive rights over it and cannot stop people who have the same first name or surname from using their own names.

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How long are German trademarks valid for?2019-08-12T16:31:18+00:00

A registered German trademark is valid for 10 years and can be renewed every 10 years indefinitely. Unlike patents or copyrights, trademarks do not expire and just increase in value over time.

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Do I have to use my trademark in Germany prior to filing?2019-08-12T16:31:54+00:00

No use is required for filing or registering a mark as a German trademark. There is a grace period of 5 years in which the registered trademark owner cannot be chall