Trademark Registration in Cyprus

Cyprus Trademark Registration – How to Register and its Benefits

Why do you need a Trademark Registration in Cyprus?

To get trademark protection in Cyprus, you can do trademark registration in Cyprus in the following ways: You can request for registration in the whole of European Union by applying through a single application. You can do this via the European Union Trademark that offers trademark protection in about 28 member countries of the EU. Second way is to apply for trademark registration in Cyprus directly in Cyprus.

A trademark attorney will process a trademark registration in Cyprus by performing the below steps:

Step 1. Trademark’s Comprehensive Study:

Before filing for trademark registration in Cyprus, it is important to find all probable obstacles that could hinder the registration process. This study helps in making a list of all similar trademarks (graphically or phonetically) that might conflict with the one selected by you.

Step 2. Request of Trademark Registration:

The next step is that an attorney files for your particular trademark registration in Cyprus and fulfils all needed steps in the Trademark Office for getting approval of registration. After the trademark is filed, the filing report with the application number, date, and a scanned copy of the complete application is sent to you.

Will I have any right after trademark registration in Cyprus?

Registration is not mandatory so as to get a right to a trademark. The first-to-file rule generally applies in Cyprus

Can someone oppose a Trademark Application?

Yes, it can be opposed on the basis of the following:
  • Violation of proprietary rights
  • Bad faith
  • Descriptive or non-distinctive mark
  • Resemblance with a notorious mark
  • Registration was done in the name of a representative/agent
  • Infringement of rights in a company/personal name
  • Use of any protected symbols or emblems

If I get trademark registration in Cyprus, will any rights get established?

Yes, the following rights get established by registration:
  • Exclusive usage of the trademark
  • Oppose any conflicting or similar trademark applications
  • Revocation of request of any clashing registration
  • Take legal action for any infringement
  • Get compensation for infringement
  • Allot license to third-parties to use the trademark
  • Appeal to seize fake goods from customs authorities

Is Cyprus a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. Cyprus is a member of the Madrid Protocol and the Madrid Agreement.

Is there any timeline or the approval of trademark registration?

The average timeline for approval of the registration is 18 months, provided no objections or oppositions happen.

If I register my trademark in Cyprus, do I have protection in other territories?

Registered trademarks get protection in the whole island of Cyprus with an exception of Northern Cyprus.

What are the various kinds of trademarks permitted to be registered in Cyprus?

  • Words
  • Colours
  • Names
  • Trade dress/get-up
  • Devices
  • Three-D shapes

Which kind of trademarks are not registrable?

  • Opposing moral standards
  • Anything that is a threat to public order
  • Generic marks
  • Inclusive of name/flag or symbol or a state/region/nation or some international organization
  • Does not have distinctive qualities
  • Similar to any surnames
  • Considered as geographical names

Post the trademark registration in Cyprus, for how many years is it valid?

The initial term of a trademark registration is 7 years (calculated from the application date).

When will I have to renew my trademark?

Renewals can be done every 14 years from the last renewal date.

What would be the renewal date for a trademark

The first renewal date is after 7 years from the application date.

What documentation is needed while renewing a trademark?

A power of attorney is needed for renewals

Do I get a grace period after my trademark expires?

There is no grace period

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