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European Union Trade Mark Application

Applications for European Union Trade Marks are filed on-line. To file an application we need:

- Full name, address and nationality of applicant(s).

- Details/copy of the mark.

- List of goods and/or services.

- Number, country and date of priority application (if applicable).

- Details of any earlier national applications/registrations the applicant may have in any

European Union countries for a possible seniority claim as discussed below.

In due course, to complete formal requirements we may need:

- Copy of the priority document and English translation (if applicable).

A seniority claim may be made from any one or more earlier national registrations in a European Union country. The mark of the European Union application must be identical to the mark of the earlier national registration(s). The goods/services of the European Union application must be identical to or overlap with the goods/services of the earlier registration(s).

Seniority is intended to have the effect that the proprietor of the European Union Trade Mark can surrender the national registration(s) from which seniority is claimed and the European Union Trade Mark will provide the same national rights as if the earlier national registration were maintained. In practice, matters are not as simple as this. We therefore recommend you to seek our specific advice before a national registration is surrendered.

The application for a European Union trade mark must be filed in one of the official languages of the European Union. The applicant must also indicate one of the official languages of the Office - English, French, German, Italian and Spanish - as a second language which may be adopted as a language for the conduct of opposition, revocation or invalidity proceedings.