Seeking out international trademarks is a crucial task for companies looking to conduct business across the United States’s borders. Just like a federal American registration, international trademarks can be used to protect your brand’s reputation, your company’s products, and deter infringement by outside parties. When looking to expand beyond the US market, the European Union is a logical next step when adding to and protecting your intellectual property portfolio. However, navigating this process and understanding the implications of a registration that spans over two dozen countries’ borders can be daunting, so ensure you have first taken a close look at the costs and benefits that a European addition can have on your international trademark strategy. You can check our blog post for a full list of reasons to register your trademark in the EU.
An Overview of Trademark Costs
The fee for a one-class trademark application submitted to the European Union Intellectual Property Office is €850 euros, which is approximately $990 USD. If the applicant chooses to apply for a mark in two classes, the fee is increased by €50; each additional class thereafter is an extra €150. Should a response to an appeal, opposition, or cancellation be needed, further costs will be incurred.