There are a host of advantages to registering a trademark in the EU with Coddan. The EU wide trademark, known as a Community Trade Mark or CTM, allows a limited company to ensure that their branding is protected from infringement in all the 27 member states of the EU, giving a business the security it needs to invest as well as paving the way for expansion into the huge 350 million consumer market of the EU. With the help of Coddan, the trademark registration application process should be a straightforward one, with most EU applications looked at within 12 months.
A major advantage to using Coddan for your CTM registration is the experience of the private company in requests of this kind. The international body of trademark laws and registration systems are something of a labyrinth; Coddan can help you to choose the most appropriate option for your product or business.
It is important to get this decision right as different trademark arrangements offer various advantages and disadvantages. An EU-wide CTM, for example, has the considerable advantage of covering all EU member states through one application process and one fee. On the other hand, it can be more difficult to ensure the covering of relevant classes of product through this arrangement. Coddan can help individual clients make the best choices for their businesses.
Using Coddan also ensures you a personal, proactive service that will keep you up to date and informed as to the stage of your trademark application. The EU application process is a long one, and Coddan will contact you as soon as a request has gone through, ensuring that you do not have to wait longer than necessary for your trademark.
The cost of applying for a CTM is high, we are charging £1,800 for applications to the EU's Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) office in Spain. It is also possible to apply through the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO), although this will incur additional fees. With such high upfront costs, it is all the more important to use an experienced company formation agent like Coddan. This will ensure that costs are kept to a minimum and, more importantly, that costly and time consuming mistakes are avoided.