KOPPA IP

Industrial law

A trademark is a designation used for making distinctions between products and services on the market, with the aim of differentiating goods or services of the same kind manufactured or arranged by various producers and service providers.

Trademarks are created when the authority registers a trademark in the trademark register. Trademark owners have an exclusive right to mark their products or services with the trademark and use it in connection with such products or services. The act of registration in the trademark register gives the owner exclusive rights for trademark use. Trademarks are valid for ten years from the date of filing a trademark registration application. Their validity may be renewed always by another ten years based on a trademark renewal application submitted within the period required by law.

By registering a trademark in the trademark register, its owner is awarded the right to use the ® symbol.

 

We provide the following services concerning trademark protection:

  • Processing, submitting and representation in invention applications for patents (including descriptions, patent claims, annotations and drawings etc.).
  • Search for any conflicts with existing trademarks.
  • Filing and representation in Community trademark (CTM) applications with EU-wide validity.
  • Filing and representation in international trademark applications with the WIPO to be able to ensure protection anywhere in the world.
  • Monitoring trademarks for any events of breach.
  • Trademark validity renewal (including deadline monitoring) and maintenance fee payment arrangements.
  • Recording changes and amendments to registered trademarks in the trademark register (change of owner, address etc.).
  • Arrangements for international protection by direct national design registration in a given country anywhere in the world.
  • Trademark valuation.
  • Preparation of related contracts (licences, logo copyright agreements, sale and other transfers, trademarks used as collateral).
  • Objection proceedings with the Intellectual Property Office.
  • Representation in court in trademark-related disputes.

We provide the following services concerning product appearance protection using a design:

  • Processing, filing and representation in design applications (including the evaluation of a design’s eligibility for registration in terms of its novelty and individual distinction, design classification according to the Locarno Design Classification System etc.).
  • Representation in Registered Community Design (RCD) applications with EU-wide validity.
  • Arrangements for international protection by direct national industrial design registration in a given country anywhere in the world.
  • Recording changes and amendments to industrial designs recorded in the registers (change of owner, address etc.).
  • Industrial design validity renewal (including deadline monitoring) and maintenance fee payment arrangements.
  • Research into and monitoring of industrial designs and their protection against copying.
  • Representation in all types of proceedings with the Intellectual Property Office, in court and with other authorities.

We provide the following services in the field of protection of technical solutions by patents and utility models:

  • Processing, submitting and representation in invention applications for patents (including descriptions, patent claims, annotations and drawings etc.).
  • Research into technical solutions in terms of their novelty and inventive work.
  • Representation in European patent applications.
  • Representation in international patent applications (PCT) to be able to ensure protection anywhere in the world.
  • Processing, filing and representation in utility model applications.
  • Consulting with regard to suitable innovation process strategies.
  • Arrangements for international protection by direct national registration of an invention or utility model in a given country anywhere in the world.
  • Patent validity maintenance including deadline monitoring and maintenance fee payment arrangements.
  • Utility model validity renewal including deadline monitoring and renewal fee payment arrangements.
  • Changes in the register (change of owner, address etc.) for invention applications, patents granted and registered utility models.
  • Research into and monitoring of patents and utility models and their protection against copying.
  • Research into the state of the art.
  • Dispute agenda – legal assistance and representation in all types of proceedings with the Intellectual Property Office, courts and other authorities in patent and utility model disputes (patent annulment proceedings, utility model cancellation proceedings, proceedings to determine authorship and co-ownership, disputes over rewards paid in relation to inventions and utility models and declaration judgement proceedings etc.).

Industrial rights as part of the intellectual property of companies result in a wide range of legal relationships. We approach them comprehensively and provide complete solutions. In particular, we provide the following services:

  • Comprehensive contractual document drafting
  • Legal counsel with regard to research and innovation
  • Unfair competition protection
  • Creation of related legal documents (general terms and conditions, articles and memoranda of association etc.)

KOPPA IP Legal
+420 603 455 522 | ip@koppa.cz