Will obtaining a trademark in one member state allow me to block an EU trademark application?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

Yes, if you own a trademark in one of the European Union member states, you can oppose applicants trying to get a trademark on the EU level. That's because if their mark were to be registered in the EU, the protection would also extend to your country and potentially infringe on your national trademark.

However, bear in mind you might not get notified about a similar EUTM application since your trademark would be registered with a national IP office and theirs with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It's therefore advisable to monitor the EUIPO's register for new applications similar to yours.

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