COUNTRY : CZECH REPUBLIC
CAPITAL : PRAGUE
LANGUAGES : CZECH
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO - TRIPS, BERNE CONVENTION, EUROPEAN UNION COMMUNITY TRADEMARKS, MADRID AGREEMENT AND MADRID PROTOCOL, TRADEMARK LAW TREATIES, PCT, WIPO,
The Intellectual Property Rights Office of Czech Republic is known as the Czech Intellectual Property Office.
PROTECTION OF TRADEMARKS IN CZECH REPUBLIC:
Protection of trademarks is provided at a three tier level:
1. National Registration - Direct Filing with National Trademark Office
Please refer our TREATIES section on International protection under Madrid Protocol and Community Trademark Registration.
Therefore, to obtain protection in Czech Republic, there are three options from which the applicant can choose.
Registration of multi class applications is possible.
Filing is done with the Czech Industrial Property Office.
• Infringement & Opposition Actions
• License and Assignment procedures
• Trademark Watch Services
Once the application is filed, a Preliminary (formality) examination regarding compliance of all the requisites is carried out along with a search for prior existing trademarks followed by substantial examination.
Prior to registration of the mark, the trade mark application is published in the official journal to which interested third parties may file their opposition.
Once the trademark is accepted for registration, the Registrar of trademarks will enter the details of the trademark onto the trademark register and the applicant will be issued with a certificate of registration.
Prior to Filing: usage of the mark prior to filing is important to acquire distinctiveness for generic and descriptive marks through continuous usage of the marks in commerce.