What are multi-country jurisdictions?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

Multi-country trademark jurisdictions refer to regional systems or agreements that allow for the centralized filing and management of trademark applications across multiple countries within a specific geographical area. These systems aim to simplify the process of seeking trademark protection in multiple countries, providing a unified approach and reducing administrative burdens for trademark owners.

One example of a multi-country trademark jurisdiction is the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which administers the European Union Trade Mark (EUTM). The EUTM provides trademark protection across all current member states of the European Union. By filing a single application, trademark owners can secure protection for their marks throughout the entire EU. The EUTM system streamlines the application process and provides a unified registration that is valid in multiple countries within the EU.

Another example is the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), which administers the Benelux trade mark system. The Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg) have established a joint trademark registration system, allowing trademark owners to file a single application to obtain protection in all three countries. This simplifies the process and reduces costs for trademark applicants operating within the Benelux region.

These multi-country trademark jurisdictions provide benefits such as centralized administration, streamlined procedures, and cost efficiencies for trademark owners seeking protection across multiple countries within a specific region. However, it is important to note that while these systems facilitate the application and management process, the examination and registration of trademarks are still subject to the individual laws and regulations of each country within the jurisdiction.

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