Trademarks are granted protection for a limited period of time. Once this period has passed the trademark must be renewed by the holder in order to maintain its validity. A trademark can be renewed an unlimited number of times.
When does the registration of a trademark expire?
In most jurisdictions, the registration period is ten years, starting either from the filing date or from the registration date. However some jurisdictions have different registration periods, from 7 to 15 years. Very often, the initial validity of the trademark registration is indicated on the trademark certificate. If you have any doubts, we can help you determine the expiration date of your trademark.
When can I renew my trademark registration?
Usually, a trademark renewal request can be filed at any time during the six (6) months period preceding the end of validity of the registration. In some countries it can be as early as a year before. Numerious countries offer also a "grace period" of a few weeks to a few months after the expiration date during which the trademark can still be renewed, most of the time inccuring additional costs.
If the trademark registration is not renewed by the final deadline, however, it will definitely lapse and a new, independent trademark application will need to be filed, with no guarantee that it will be accepted. For this reason, we strongly advise proceeding with the renewal well in advance of the deadline.
What are the requirements for renewal?
In all countries, official fees must be paid to the local trademarks office along with the renewal request, in order to obtain the renewal. The amount will of course depend on the jurisdiction, as well as the number of classes of the registration. If you wish to receive a quote please complete the form below.
Depending on the jurisdiction, additional requirements may apply, such as:
- a Power of Attorney appointing a local representative to file for renewal. In some countries this is necessary even if the agent requesting the renewal is the same as the agent who filed the initial trademark application;
- in a few countries the original Trademark Certificate must be sent to the local trademarks office;
- in some countries, a Declaration of Use or Specimen of Use may need to be provided in order to obtain the renewal.
If you wish to receive a quote or further information regarding trademark renewal, please complete the form below and a Trademark Consultant will contact you shortly.