Entrepreneurs, business owners
or any other persons interested in obtaining a trademark registration in Poland
must submit a special application.
A trademark can be protected in Poland either through the country's regulations, either thourgh international laws.
In Poland, trademark protection is granted by the Polish Patent Office. Due to Poland's membership in the European Union, Community trademarks registered at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante are also valid in Poland and protected throughout the European Union. International registration can be made in Geneva, at the International Bureau of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Elements that can be registered as trademarks in Poland
Signs registered as trademarks in Poland must have certain features that distinguish them from existing ones. Any graphic sign or a sign than can be represented graphically can be registered as a trademark. Some examples for trademarks are:
- ornaments or combinations of colors;
- three-dimensional shape of goods or their packaging;
- melodies or other acoustic signals.
Trademark protection in Poland
lasts for 10 years after the filing date and can be extended (upon request) for another 10 years. For more detailed information it would be adviseable to search for the advice of an attorney in Poland.
Necessary documents for registering a trademark in Poland
When the application is filed, a request must be made in which the applicants are identified and the trademark is defined. A priority document together with certain copies of the trademark must be submitted, according to its type (clear prints if the trademark is a drawing, sign, designs, etc. color claims, if applicable, or recording tapes for sound trademarks).
The priority document should be translated, if needed, in one of the following languages: Polish, English, German, French or Russian.
Other documents may include: statements (if applicable), power of attorney rules for using a collective mark, certain documents authorizing the use of other trademarks (safety signs, flags, etc.).
Any natural or legal person may apply for a trademark registration in Poland.