To apply for a trademark, a corresponding application must be filed with the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). The DPMA first checks whether all formal details comply with the legal requirements and whether the official fees have been paid. In addition, the office examines the so-called absolute grounds for refusal. These exist, for example, for trademarks that:

  • lack distinctive character
  • contain a sovereign sign
  • are contrary to public policy or morality.

If there are no grounds for refusal and the formal examination is positive, your trademark will be entered in the trademark register. The entire process is complex and requires competent correspondence with the trademark office. As part of our “Trademark Application” product, we take care of all the necessary steps for you – from a detailed trademark search to the immediate application.