Investors who want to protect their distinctive company logos can register a trademark in Austria
. This is an important step because it provides sole usage rights for a distinct and original type of trademark.
One of our lawyers in Austria
can give you details on the main laws governing trademark registration
and intellectual protection rights in the country. We can also help you if you are a foreign investor interested in knowing more about international trademark protection.
Prerequisites for trademark registration in Austria
Investors in Austria can apply for a national or an international trademark registration with the Patent Office in Austria. For international trademarks, protection is awarded within the European Union and more than ninety other countries worldwide.
Before submitting the application, company owners in Austria must conduct a trademark similarity search. The first and foremost condition of a trademark is to not infringe any existing ones.
A trademark has a validity period of ten years and renewal is possible. Austrian trademarks that are not used for a continuous period of five years can be revoked.
Applications for trademark registration
may be filed using a power of attorney
. For this purpose, an original and certified copy of the power of attorney must be filed together with the other documents needed for trademark registration. One of our lawyers in Austria
can give you more details on how you can use a power of attorney if you cannot be present in the country.
The trademark registration procedure in Austria
Applications for trademark registration in Austria
are submitted to the Patent Office
. The submitted design is inspected and, if approved and registered, it is published and then it may be opposed for a period of three months. The approval period varies, and it can last between three or four weeks.
Certain fees apply both for the Austrian trademark registration and for the international trademark registration.
Trademark registration is important for a company’s image as well as for its ability to distinguish its goods from those provided by other businesses in the country.