Trademarks are distinctive names, symbols, figures or words used by a manufacturer in order to designate specific products or services and to distinguish them from other similar products or services on the market. They are subject to intellectual property rights and are regulated by the provisions of the Trademark Law which entered into force in 2010.
The Intellectual Property Office is the competent authority where trademarks are registered in Montenegro. If you want to register a trademark and need professional assistance you can turn to our lawyers in Montenegro.
The Trademark Law in Montenegro stipulates the basic requirements for having a trademark registered. The trademark registration application should contain the following:
• The name and address of the applicant. If the application is submitted on behalf of a company, the director is the applicant for trademark registration;
• The representation of the mark which is registered;
• A list of goods and services which are going to be protected by the trademark. They should correspond to the Nice Classification 10th addition (Classes 1-45);
• Country and number, the priority date and the Original Priority Document. This document can be submitted within three months from the application date. Please note that this term cannot be extended and if it is overdue another trademark registration application has to be submitted;
• Power of attorney simply signed on behalf of the applicant. This legal document also can be submitted subsequently within 60 days from the application date. You can conclude a power of attorney with a professional law firm in Montenegro.
The application for trademark registration is filed and examined by the Intellectual Property Office. Absolute grounds of refusal are taken into account when processing the trademark registration application. The registration procedure of a trademark in Montenegro takes approximately 12 months to complete. Any Montenegrin company or individual can oppose the registration of a trademark within 90 days from the publication date of the application. If no opposition is filed and the protection fee is paid, the trademark is registered and valid for 10 years. A renewal trademark procedure is available under certain rules and regulations.
If you need to know how to register a trademark in Montenegro and want guidance and advice throughout the registration procedure, please feel free to contact our attorneys in Montenegro.
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