How long does it take the Trademark Office to examine an application?
At the moment, the examination will take about 5 months. It will start after an end of the opposition deadline and the usual 5 months, of course, only applies if there was not opposition.
However, there is no time specified in our laws so it will depend to a large extent on the examiner, on how many cases the examiner has to handle and how well the application was put together.
Is the trademark application examined before or after the publication?
The Trademark Office will examine the formal requirements within 15 days from the application date.
If there is not an opposition, the substance of the application will be examined within 30 working days after the publication of the application.
What type of examination does the Office of trademarks (distinctiveness, similarity, nullities, etc.)?
The formal requirements are:
• Clear indication of the trademark and proper reproduction of the trademark in case it is a figurative mark or an non-traditional trademark like sound and smell
• The proper data of the applicant, including sufficiently clear contact data
• Clear indication of the goods and services
• Proof of payment of the correct fees
The substantive examination will ensure that the sign is sufficiently distinctive to qualify as a trademark.
How long does it take for the registration to be issued?
Without opposition, the average time from the filing date is 8 to 12 months.
Once the trademark has been registered, when will the Certificate of Registration be issued?
Usually it takes about 4 months from the notice of the granting of registration, however, there is no legal deadline established for the issuance and delivery of the Registration Certificate.