German Trademark Application
– Specialized Trademark Attorneys

Registering a German trademark at the GPTO is relatively simple – but there are some points that you should consider. Take advantage of the experience of our trademark attorneys to protect your trademark or company name in Germany and Europe. Before filing your German trademark application, our trademark attorneys will clarify the following issues with you:

  1. Which type of trademark is the right choice – word mark, figurative mark or possibly both?
  2. Which goods or services should be protected under the German trademark? And how do I draft the appropriate list of goods / services?
  3. Do I possibly infringe earlier trademark rights or rights on a company name? Can I achieve a registration of the trademark at all?

If you have any questions regarding a certain German trademark or the list of goods / services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be pleased to answer your questions as soon as we know about the details of your application. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Trademark application in Germany – your options

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GERMAN TRADEMARK S

German trademark application
+ Identity search

  • Legal advice on the appropriate form of the trademark
  • Preparing a list of goods and services
  • Electronic filing with the GPTO
  • Search for identical earlier word marks having effect in Germany (DE, EU and IR-Marks)

from 390 €
Attorney fees for an application in 1 class
plus VAT & 290,- EUR
official fees of the GPTO

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GERMAN TRADEMARK M

German trademark application
+ Similarity search

  • Legal advice on the appropriate form of the trademark
  • Preparing a list of goods and services
  • Electronic filing with the GPTO
  • Search for similar earlier word marks having effect in Germany (DE, EU and IR-Marks)

from 490 €
Attorney fees for an application in 1 class
plus VAT & 290,- EUR
official fees of the GPTO

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GERMAN TRADEMARK L

German trademark application
+ Search for word and figurative marks

  • Legal advice on the appropriate form of the trademark
  • Preparing a list of goods and services
  • Electronic filing with the GPTO
  • Search for similar earlier word and figurative marks having effect in Germany (DE, EU and IR-Marks)

from 849 €
Attorney fees for an application in 1 class
plus VAT & 290,- EUR
official fees of the GPTO

German trademark application – The application procedure

The registration of a German trademark comprises the following phases:

Phase 1 – Preparation of the documents
We will advise you on choosing the right type of trademark (word mark, figurative mark, color mark, etc.), create the associated list of goods / services and advise you on possible obstacles to trademark registration.

Phase 2 – Filing the German trademark application with the GPTO
After completing the documents and consultation with you, we will electronically submit the German trademark application to the GPTO.

Phase 3 – Official examination of the trademark application
After the German trademark has been filed, the office will check whether the mark applied for may be excluded from registration as a trademark for some reason (so-called “absolute grounds for refusal”). Signs that are descriptive of the goods and services claimed in the trademark application are excluded from registration. Such signs must remain freely available to all market participants. Besides, the office also checks whether the trademark application meets other formal requirements.

Phase 4 – Registration of the German trademark
If the GPTO determines that all legal requirements for a German trademark application have been met and the fees have been paid, the office enters the trademark in the register and publishes the registration.

Phase 5 – Opposition period
From the date the registration is published, third parties who believe that your trademark should not be registered, have three months to object to the registration. If an opposition has been lodged, we will report it to you.

Phase 6 – Trademark Certificate
If the opposition period has expired without an objection has been filed, the GPTO issues a trademark certificate and informs the applicant about the registration of the trademark. We will forward the certificate and the official report to you.

Trademark Search in Germany
Before registering a German trademark, we strongly recommend carrying out a trademark search for earlier registered trademarks having effect in Germany. This allows you to determine whether you are entitled at all to manufacture or offer a certain product or service under the relevant mark in Germany. Trademark applications that are filed without prior search often lead to legal disputes with the owners of already registered trademarks, including costly warning letters or a claim for damages. By means of a trademark search, you can uncover identical or similar trademarks that have already been registered, thereby avoiding potential disputes as far as possible.

Our German trademark packages all include a search component in relation to a trademark search for earlier registered trademarks. Before applying for a German trademark, you should always search for earlier trademarks or company names which may possibly oppose your own application. The German Patent and Trademark Office does not conduct any trademark searches. Therefore, there is a considerable risk that an owner of an earlier trademark will object to your trademark or send you a warning letter. This may lead to the deletion of your trademark, a claim for injunctive relief or a claim for compensation of damages. By means of a professional trademark search, you can significantly reduce this risk of a legal collision with earlier rights. This is significantly cheaper than the cost of a warning letter or a change of name. Let us provide you with our advice. Our German trademark attorneys will be happy to assist you.